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Books: Ayana Mathis's “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie' review.

January 28, 2013

This début novel follows the fortunes of Hattie, a spirited young African-American woman, whose family has fled the Jim Crow South for Philadelphia. Her preacher back home had called the North “a New Jerusalem,' but her experiences in Philadelphia are almost unremittingly tough. Two years . . . (Subscription required.)

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