April 12, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Newport Beach Central Library
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives in a world that will not be kind.