Ayana Mathis - Twelve Tribes of Hattie
When Hattie flees Georgia for Philadelphia during the Great Migration, she hopes for a better life. What ensues is a heart-wrenching journey through adulthood, with her first two children dying. Afterwards, she swears to prepare her tribes for the misery they are to face in life, raising them without an ounce of tenderness. This stunning, complex debut—with buzz so wild that the publishers were compelled to release it a month in advance of schedule—is one you will not soon forget.