The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is the debut novel of Ayana Mathis. Set over the course of fifty-five years, each chapter focuses on the life of one or two of Hattie’s children with the final chapter focusing on the matriarch’s grandchild. Through these different points of view, the reader gets a glimpse into Hattie’s world and an intimate look at the family she shouldered.
Without realizing it, I try to hang on to memories as long as I can. Many people have come in and out of my life and from time to time I will romanticize the failed relationship, wonder what they’re up to, and try to remember things about them and our time together.
Sometimes it’s fun to reminisce, other times it’s painful.
We all have a person who has left our lives under traumatic circumstances, leaving a gaping hole.
As I write this, I am trying to remember details from ten years ago: Continue reading →
Over Thanksgiving weekend, I got bold.
I asked about you.
Sure, I was worried what people might think of me when I mentioned your name but my curiosity got the best of me and made me braver than usual. Ok, maybe not braver…perhaps a little reckless.
Recently, it occurred to me that the memories I have of you may not be accurate. My head is filled with different jobs I remember you working. Perhaps at one point I thought your job hopping was cool. The spaces in my brain reserved for you focus in on the time we spent together. Continue reading →
I’ll admit it; I wanted to read Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao because it has a cool cover. I am that person who judges books by their cover. As with all the other books on my shelves, it was waiting in a long to-be-read queue. What made me finally pick it up? The author is a person of color and if you’ve been paying attention…that’s the only type of author I’m reading this year. Continue reading →