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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley Hardcover – 6 Apr 2017

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  • 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)
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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)

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A father tries to protect his daughter from the legacy of his criminal past

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There's an interesting idea at the heart of this this book: how does a violent man forge a relationship with and bring up a beloved daughter? I so wanted to love this but it never worked for me right from the start: the overlong description of Hawley teaching Loo to shoot with in-depth descriptions of all the different guns left me cold, and things never really picked up from there.

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.
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By sevenpin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2017
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This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only the bare minimum, but always with them are the items that remind the two of them of Lily, Loo's mother, and which form a dedicated shrine in the bathroom. The constant moving means Loo has no friends but this lifestyle is all she knows. Samuel Hawley has led a chequered life, defined by his gun collection, and a body riddled with the consequences of bad choices and the repercussions of crime. His body tells the story of his life through the twelve bullets that have scarred his body, and provides the structure through which we learn of what transpired with each bullet. What is never in doubt is Samuel's all encompassing love for Lily and Loo.

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.
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'When Loo was twelve years old her father taught her how to shoot a gun’

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.
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I approached this novel with some trepidation once I realised it was being compared with the works of Quentin Tarantino (I'm not a fan of extreme violence in stories), but am happy to report that I actually really enjoyed this story.

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.
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