Recently, I finished reading a book "Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. Oprah Winfrey has selected this book as the second title for her book club.
Twelve Tribes of Hattie is the debut work of Ayana Mathis which tells a heartwarming story of a woman called Hattie and her children.
At the tender age of 15, Hattie leaves Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a good life. The story begins with the illness of Hattie's firstborn twins Jubilee and Philadelphia. They struggles for life and despite of Hattie's sincere effort and care, they finally meet tragic death due to lack of proper medical help. The opening chapter is very-very poignant and beautifully describes the love, care, anxiety and pain of a mother.
Hattie gives birth to nine more children and vows to raise them with grit and strongly prepares them to face the hard and harsh world which may not shower love on them.
Each chapter describes the different stories of her children individually. The author has portrayed a very strong female character as the protagonist in her debut novel, who learns to fight the hurdles of life from her own difficulties and firmly decides to make her children strong. The story deals with the ups and downs of life. Some prtions are powerful enough to put certain degree of strong impact in the mind of the readers.
Overall, it's a beautifully written book that expresses the poignant and practical aspects of life. For the first time author, Ayana Mathis has done a wonderful job!