The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I would not normally read anything recommended by Oprah but this was this month's book for my book club. The book is very well written. However, this is a great example of just because someone is a very good technical writer it doesn't mean they can tell a good story.
The story had the potential to be excellent. Instead, it was a huge let down. Rather than a novel, it reads like a collection of short stories about different members of a family. No attempts were made to connect the characters to each other or to develop the characters beyond the very surface presentation. I think the author failed to deliver the promised powerful story of courage, etc.
I was also very annoyed that in the e-version Oprah's notes were included. I really would prefer to not be forced to read Oprah's thoughts as I am reading. If I wanted her thoughts I would look for them. To me this is just further evidence of her incredible narcissism - to force me to buy a book with her annotations.
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