The upcoming debut novel from author Ayana Mathis, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, has been given a huge boost with the announcement this week that it has been selected as the new read for Oprah’s Book Club.
The talk-show juggernaut has relaunched her book club, called Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, after some controversies with 1.0. In 2006 she laid a smackdown on the fibbing James Frey for his ‘memoir’ A Million Little Pieces. Jonathan Franzen also made waves after going all houghty-toughty about his book The Corrections being featured on the same show that gives away frozen chickens from Walmart.
With most authors and publishing houses clambering for the publicity a selection on the book club brings, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie now has gone from an exciting upcoming novel to one of the most anticipated books since J.K. Rowling entered her post-Potter phase with a cocktail of sex drugs and alcohol.
Past selections for Oprah’s Book Club include The Pillars of the Earth, Freedom, The Road and The Reader, so if we can assume something from the company kept, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie looks like it will be an absolute cracker.
When Hattie clambered from a train, her skirt still hemmed with Georgia mud and the dream of Philadelphia sitting round as a marble in her mouth, she couldn’t guess that two years later, aged sixteen, she’d be fighting to keep her baby twins alive.
Saddled with a husband who will bring her nothing but disappointment, she raises nine children with grit and monumental courage, but no tenderness. She knows the world will not be kind to them and wants to prepare them as best she can. As her sons and daughters buck against their fates, she feels every one of their triumphs and heartbreaks, for they are all bound together.
A searing portrait of twentieth century America told through the story of an unforgettable family, a transfixing drama of bitterness and love and a ferocious vision of humanity at its rawest; The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is a debut of extraordinary distinction.
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