Mathis Ayana

  • Philadelphie, 1923. La jeune Hattie arrive de Géorgie pour fuir le Sud rural et la ségrégation. Aspirant à une vie nouvelle, forte de l'énergie de ses seize ans, Hattie épouse August. Au fil des années, cinq fils, six filles et une petite-fille naîtront de ce mariage. Douze enfants qui égrèneront, au fil de l'histoire américaine du XXe siècle, leur parcours marqué par le fort tempérament de leur mère, sa froide combativité et ses failles secrètes.
    Les Douze tribus d'Hattie, premier roman éblouissant, a bouleversé l'Amérique et conquis les lecteurs français.
    Telles les pièces d'un puzzle, les douze tribus d'Hattie dessinent en creux le portrait d'une mère insaisissable et le parcours d'une nation en devenir.

  • The newest Oprahs Book Club 2.0 selection: this special eBook edition of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis features exclusive content, including Oprahs personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide.
    The arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.
    A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.
    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. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. 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 mothers monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
    Beautiful and devastating, Ayana Mathiss The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is wondrous from first to last--glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life. An emotionally transfixing page-turner, a searingportrait 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.

  • The newest Oprahs Book Club 2.0 selection.
    The arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.
    A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.
    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. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. 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 mothers monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
    Beautiful and devastating, Ayana Mathiss The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is wondrous from first to last--glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life. An emotionally transfixing page-turner, 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.

  • Fifteen years old and blazing with the hope of a better life, Hattie Shepherd fled the horror of the American South on a dawn train bound for Philadelphia.



    Hattie's is a tale of strength, of resilience and heartbreak that spans six decades. Her American dream is shattered time and again: a husband who lies and cheats and nine children raised in a cramped little house that was only ever supposed to be temporary.



    She keeps the children alive with sheer will and not an ounce of the affection they crave. She knows they don't think her a kind woman -' but how could they understand that all the love she had was used up in feeding them and clothing them.



    How do you prepare your children for a world you know is cruel?



    The lives of this unforgettable family form a searing portrait of twentieth century America. From the revivalist tents of Alabama to Vietnam, to the black middle-class enclave in the heart of the city, to a filthy bar in the ghetto, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is an extraordinary, distinctive novel about the guilt, sacrifice, responsibility and heartbreak that are an intrinsic part of ferocious love.

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