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Ayana Mathis


Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. THE TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE is her first novel.

Books by Ayana Mathis

by Ayana Mathis - Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia. Hattie gives birth to nine children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. The Shepherd children confront desolation, poverty, and the coldness and cruelty of their time.