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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)
Pacy and violent, poignant and sensitive (Daily Mail, Best Reads for the Beach)
Tinti's second novel is a determinedly literary thriller about a father trying to shake off his criminal past and his daughter's need for answers about her mother's death (Weekend Herald)
If you like to be challenged and you love writing that is subtly brilliant, and you enjoy a story that is unexpected, complex and unsettling, then you should put this coming-of-age tale on your to-read pile (NZ Womens Weekly)
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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. Loo learns about guns and hotwiring cars from Sam and eventually the truth about Lily. Things come to a head after Jove, Sam's brother in arms and crime, comes to stay. His apparent death triggers the need to move again, for Sam to complete some 'errands'. In an echo of events many years ago with Lily, Loo smuggles herself on board a boat, as we learn the story of the twelfth bullet to hit Sam.
There is a timelessness about this story which draws you in. The author's refusal to judge Sam on his litany of errors whilst emphasising his humanity is what made reading this story extraordinarily compelling. The nature of his relationship with and protection of Loo makes you root for him. It is the small details that make an impact such as Sam's eventual bonding with Loo as a baby through whisky. The universality of love and the desperation it engenders is recognised by Loo within herself and she sees it reflected in her father, Principal Gunderson's love for her mother and others. It is an all encompassing madness, with planets orbiting around the same sun throughout all time, time and time again. Absolutely riveting reading. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Headline for an ARC.
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.
All this changes for Samuel, when he finally faces up to his responsibilities and attempts to make right a few wrongs in his life. He now has his young daughter, Loo, to look after. After relocating many times, carrying the minimum that a life requires, Samuel and Loo finally settle in Olympus, Massachusetts. This is the hometown where, Lily, Samuel’s late wife, was from. Striving for acceptance in a community that is very set in its ways, Samuel and Loo struggle to keep their heads down.
As is the case with many of us, history soon catches up, and Samuel discovers that the past is very difficult to outrun.
Loo is portrayed as a fighter, a young girl used to fending for herself as she constantly moves to new schools. But it is in Olympus, that Loo finally develops and grows into herself. We follow her as she moves from a shy, self-conscious twelve-year old who suffers in silence to a tough, independent young lady of seventeen. Samuel, protectively watches on, always with an eye open to any threat that may befall them.
Loo has always known her father had a tale to tell. She has seen the twelve scars on her father’s body. Hannah Tinti provides the reader with an insight into Samuel’s story through chapters scattered throughout the book, with each chapter reflecting another bullet, interspersed with his life in the present.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is a feat in writing. This is something very very different to anything I have ever read before. While I’m sure it would be classified as crime fiction, this really is so much more. It is a beautiful story of a father trying hard to amend for a past that will not let him go. It is a story of a young girl on a voyage of self-discovery as she tries to accept where she has come from and where she now wants to go.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is a gripping, engrossing, magnificent read. It will drag you in without you even noticing as you find yourself rooting for people, that in the normal course of your life, you would run a mile from. This is a raw, at times harrowing tale of hope, love and forgiveness and ultimately a tale of acceptance and discovery.
I will be recommending this to EVERYONE!!
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