Traces the story of Great Migration-era mother Hattie Shepherd, who in spite of poverty and a dysfunctional husband uses love and Southern remedies to raise nine children and prepare them for the realities of a harsh world. - (Baker & Taylor)

<b>The newest Oprah&rsquo;s Book Club 2.0 selection.</b><br>&#160;<br>The arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.&#160;<br>&#160;<br>A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.<br><br>In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.&#160; Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave.&#160; She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother&rsquo;s monumental courage and the journey of a nation.&#160;<br><br>Beautiful and devastating, Ayana Mathis&rsquo;s&#160;<i>The Twelve Tribes of Hattie</i>&#160;is wondrous from first to last&mdash;glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life. An emotionally transfixing novel, a searing portrait of striving in the face of insurmountable adversity, an indelible encounter with the resilience of the human spirit and the driving force of the American dream. - (Random House, Inc.)