The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Ella Summary & Analysis

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Three years later, it is 1954 and Hattie has had another baby, Ella. Times are even leaner than they ever have been and Hattie has been forced to receive governmental aid. Hattie is demoralized by this, the community shuns her, and the woman sent by the relief office is rude. Life is hard and getting harder.

Her sister Pearl hears about Hattie’s struggles through their other sister Marion. Pearl lives in Georgia in a big house. Her husband owns a funeral parlor and is well off. However, Pearl has been unable to have children despite all her efforts. Pearl offers to adopt Ella. Marion comes to be in the position of mediating between Hattie and Pearl.

Hattie is angered by the request. She is even more angered when she finds out that August has communicated behind Hattie’s back that he thinks the adoption...

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