- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Tinder Press; First Edition, First Impression edition (6 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472234367
- ISBN-13: 978-1472234360
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 4.1 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley Hardcover – 6 Apr 2017
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[We are] carried by Tinti's seductive prose. She has a deep feeling for the passage of time and its effect on character. And when it's appropriate, she can use her vivid language to express the ripping depth of human pain. As this strikingly symphonic novel enters its last movement, the final bars remind us that all of the painful wounds that humans can endure, the worse are self-inflicted. (New York Times Book Review)
Starring a fiercely loving, reluctant criminal and a girl of grit and wonder, Tinti has forged a breathtaking novel of violence and tenderness (Booklist)
Exceptional... a tender work of art exposing the universal needs of men to survive, to love, and grieve - whether their fate is cast in stars, or submerged beneath the surface... a sure-fire hit with characters I came to love. (Essie Fox)
What Hannah Tinti knows about fathers, daughters and time could, as they say, fill a book - and truly does. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is bold, exciting, and original (Meg Wolitzer, author of THE INTERESTINGS)
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one part Quentin Tarantino, one part Scheherazade , and twelve parts wild innovation. Hannah Tinti proves herself to be an old fashioned storyteller of the highest order (Ann Patchett)
Hannah Tinti's second novel doesn't disappoint...Sensitive, coming-of-age literary novel meets Pulp Fiction and it all works? Yes, indeed! (Daily Mail)
A father/daughter road trip you won't soon forget (Richard Russo)
Utterly magnificent - gripping, suspenseful, funny, and so full of heart (Ruth Ozeki)
A master class in literary suspense (The Washington Post)
Beautifully constructed... Tinti has fused a cowboy-noir action adventure and a coming-of-age tale into a father-daughter love story (Boston Globe)
An inventive and fearless story about heroism and protecting the people we love (Culture Fly)
It was the innovative storytelling and wonderful character of Loo, the schoolgirl on a mission to uncover the secret of her mother's mysterious death and decode the twelve scars that mark her ex-con father's body, that hooked me (Sam Baker The Pool)
Their relationship is sharply drawn in this violent, tender tale (Woman & Home)
This father-daughter story is an unusual but winning blend of small-town New England atmosphere and high-octane action scenes. Imagine a John Irving novel getting the Hollywood shoot-'em-up treatment and you'll have some idea of what Tinti does in this unexpectedly dark book full of quirky characters (The Bookbag)
The rapid-fire switching between the story lines gives the book an irresistible velocity that Ms. Tinti sustains to the end (Wall Street Journal Europe)
A father tries to protect his daughter from the legacy of his criminal pastSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The book deliberately mashes up the story of Hawley's violent career via chapters on each of the 12 bullets with which he was shot, alternated with a coming-of-age, high-school romance of his daughter Loo who learns more about her father as she gets older. Neither character bonded with me, though Hawley had his moments.
So a disappointing read for me overall, especially after all the hype: a bit Bonnie & Clyde, Natural Born Killers etc. crossed with a father/daughter relationship.
At the age of 12, Loo and Sam settle in Olympus, Massachusetts, the home of Lily, which she could not leave behind fast enough. Lily's mother, Mabel Ridge, is a bitter woman who hates Sam, holding him responsible for the demise of her daughter. Sam faces some stiff resistance to his arrival, which he deals with violently in his own inimitable style although he does come to be more accepted. Loo is bullied, which she eventually deals with physically. In that respect, she is very much her father's daughter. Loo is hungry for knowledge of her mother, and acquires items which she keeps secret from her dad. She forms a relationship with Marshall that is strewn with obstacles. She has the universe drawn on her body and views her relationships through the movements of the planets. She is gifted a telescope which becomes a treasured item.Read more ›
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is a novel, but by no means any ordinary novel, from American writer Hannah Tinti and published by Tinder Press.
Described by author Ann Patchett as ‘One part Tarantino, one part Sheherazade, and twelve parts wild innovation', this book is a must-read for all fans of a bloody marvellous read. I absolutely devoured this book!!
Please read on for my review of this fantastic read....
Normally when I finish a book I leave it for awhile before I write a review. But with The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley I felt a very strong desire to spread the word fast about this outstanding read.
Samuel Hawley is a father trying to ‘protect his daughter from the legacy of a dangerous past’. Hannah Tinti brings us their story in this mesmerising portrayal of love, violence and tragedy. Now let me continue by saying that I am a huge fan of Luc Besson’s classic movie Leon with Jean Reno and Natalie Portman. Also,Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained with Jamie Foxx and the remarkable Christoph Waltz , is just a sensational movie. There are very high levels of violence in both these movies but yet it is done in a fashion that I was able to accept and see beyond for the story that lay beneath the surface.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley has it’s fair share of brutality and bloodshed. Each bullet Samuel takes is another turning point in his life. Each bullet has a story and a scar claiming another little piece of Samuel’s life. He survived a turbulent childhood but luck was never really on his side and the path of violence he chose ultimately resulted in a lifetime spent on the run.Read more ›
The narrative follows the story of a young girl called Loo, whose mother drowned when she was a baby, and who has been brought up by her father, the eponymous Samuel Hawley. Hawley is a character with a chequered past (and present), having been involved in many criminal acts, and having ended up with twelve different scars from bullets as a result. The pair had moved frequently around America, until at the age of eleven he moved them back to her mother's home town in Massachusetts, where they attempted to settle. Loo becomes curious about what really happened to her mother after she becomes privy to some local gossip, while at the same time her father's past comes back to haunt them both. The story has multiple flashbacks to the events which caused each of Hawley's bullet scars, and the author does a good job of making a character which perhaps shouldn't be entirely sympathetic seem so.
I don't enjoy overtly violent stories, which this could have been, but this was very engaging and I was gripped by the unravelling of the past of this complex man.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The twelve lives of the title are represented by the twelve bullet wounds in Samuel Hawley’s body. Samuel Hawley lives on the edge of society, in many ways an outlaw. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amanda Jenkinson
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I will not reiterate what you can read on the product page.I just don't see the point of that at all..... Read more
This book is so good! The 12 lives of the title refer to the 12 bullets that have hit Samuel Hawley through his life and the narrative interweaves the story of each of these... Read morePublished 12 days ago by L J Newsholme
Samuel Hawley grew up quickly moving from being a petty criminal to part of team known for their quick efficient work. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Plucked Highbrow
Samuel Hawley is a drifter, a criminal and has the habit of getting shot. A lot. This would be complicated enough without addition of his daughter Loo. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Paddi
Hannah Tinti’s The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley reminds me of adventure books I read as a child, but is the modern-day, grown-up version of them. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Kathryn Eastman
This book opens with Hawley teaching his daughter, Loo, how to shoot a rifle. The style is laconic and understated. I found it a promising start. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Totnes Nigel
Apparently this has been compared to Quentin Tarantino’s works and as I have never liked him it is no real surprise that this book did not resonate with me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by breakaway Reviewers
An atmospheric and reasonably well crafted thriller that has a very retro feel, and a story line/ambiance that could easily be transferred to a traditional Western format. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zipster Zeus