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Love Hattie and her story. Don't love the format of the book.,
This review is from: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Hardcover)
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'The Twelve Tribes of Hattie' lifts the lid on the social history of the US during the 1920s and the times of the 'Great Migration'. A period of history in which huge numbers of African-American people moved out of the rural South and migrated to the Northeast, Midwest, etc., looking for a better standard of living. We meet up with Hattie Shepherd when, at just 17, she has migrated from Georgia to Philadelphia.
At 17 Hattie has already lost twins, Philadephia and Jubilee, but goes on to give birth to nine surviving children and, much further on in the book, is presented with a granddaughter and those twelve children represent the '12 Tribes' mentioned in the title. The book follows Hattie and her 'tribes' through a entire series of heartbreaking situations as they battle through prejudice, social injustice and poverty. This is Hattie's tale. A tale of motherhood, the power of maternal love and the ability of the strong to survive.
I loved Hattie and that helped me forgive the poor way in which the book's presented. It's a mishmash of short, choppy entries about Hattie's children in no particular sequence. What a shame. The odd format moves around so much, so briefly, you don't get to know the children and it's all somewhat confusing. I'm willing to forgive the editorial gaff in view of the wonderful story running through the heart of the book but; it's enough of a distraction I couldn't give more than 4*.
Needs an edit.