The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Philadelphia and Jubilee Summary & Analysis

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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is a story that follows a family that has arrived in Philadelphia during the Great Migration. The book spans more than 57 years from 1923-1980 and three generations. The main character is Hattie, who comes to Philadelphia with her mother and sister when she is 15. Two years after her arrival, she gets pregnant by August and marries him against her mother’s blessings. It is a difficult marriage but a prolific one and Hattie ends up having 11 children — 10 of them by August, one out of wedlock with her lover, Lawrence. Hattie gives her last baby, Ella, to her sister, Pearl because she thinks Ella will have a better life. At the end of the book, Hattie is raising one last child, a granddaughter, Sala. The book explores motherhood, fatherhood, mental illness, poverty, and family as it chronicles the...

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