This month’s Between the Line’s Book Club pick is The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by Ayana Mathis. We’ll be meeting in person at Arden Dimick Library tomorrow (March 28) at 10:30AM. Arden Dimick Library is located at 891 Watt Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95864.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is Ayana Mathis’ first novel and it got an amazing amount of attention. Here’s some interviews with Ayana that provide background information about her as well as some insight into the novel:
Twelve Tribes was one of Oprah’s Book Club pics. Here’s Ayana talking with Oprah about the book.
This New York Times Article talks about Ayana Mathis’s life, and the buss behind the book.
And here’s a nice long interview with Ayana from Mosiac Literary Magazine. I especially enjoyed her explanation of why the first of Hattie’s children to have a voice is Floyd.
Hope to see those of you in the Sacramento area tomorrow, and leave your comments below!
Welcome to Between the Lines Book Club, where we discuss one book a month both online right here and in person at Arden Dimick Library in Sacramento, California. Our in-person club meets March 28th at 10:30AM. This month’s selection is The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by Ayana Mathis.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is the story of Hattie Shepherd, a Black woman from Georgia who moves to Philadelphia as part of the Great Northern Migration that followed the Civil War (more on this next week). Hattie loves her new home until her first babies, twins, die of pneumonia. Hattie goes on to have eight more children and many grandchildren, but the loss of her first two babies permanently scars her heart – while she parented the babies with playful tenderness, she raises her future children with grim determination.
Each chapter is told from the viewpoint of one of Hattie’s children. The stories they tell cover 1925 – 1980. Put together, the stories are like a quilt – small parts forming a larger picture of African-American life.
If you have thoughts about Twelve Tribes, leave them in the comments section below, and be sure to join us at Arden Dimick Library, Sacramento on March 28!