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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, book reviewThe Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis is one of those books that seem destined to become a popular ‘book club’ choice, to be discussed by women sipping white wine on sofas and debating the past sins of American racism. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – you don’t get to be a book club favourite without having something important to say – but it does mean that if you aren’t careful, when you are reading it you’ll find lots of worthy questions popping into your head. ‘How did attitudes to race change during the period of the 20th Century covered by the book?’ or ‘Why is Hattie’s approach to mothering so unloving’ and – the question at the heart of this book must surely be ‘ Why are all the characters so bloody miserable?’


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