I realize that this first pick for 2013 could be risky. It’s an Oprah selection and people usually either love or hate them. I am more moderate. Some I’ve liked better than others but I don’t dismiss a book out of hand, merely because Oprah has bestowed her magic touch upon it. When she first announced this one, I didn’t have an urgent interest in reading it. Then I read an interview with the author, then watched one and knew that I had to read it. When I picked it up at the bookstore, the woman behind the counter told me she loved it even though she wasn’t usually a fan of Oprah’s Book Club selections.
The book is “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Ayana Mathis. It is her first novel and tells the story of Hattie Shepard and her nine children during the Great Migration from Georgia to Philadelphia. Marilynne Robinson calls it “…a vibrant and compassionate portrait of a family hardened and scattered by circumstances and yet deeply a family…This first novel is a work of rare maturity.”
So, please won’t you join me in reading this riveting first debut novel? Each week I will post a question or two to keep the discussion going. Feel free to post your comments below and even your own questions. I look forward to hearing from you.