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Oprah Winfrey selects 'The Twelve Tribes of Hattie' as the next title for her book club (+ video)

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(Read caption) Oprah Winfrey calls 'The Twelve Tribes of Hattie,' a debut novel by Ayana Mathis, a 'jewel of a book' full of 'sacred truths.'

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Oprah Winfrey’s latest pick for her Book Club 2.0 is the work of debut novelist Ayana Mathis. "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie," fiction set against the historic backdrop of the "Great Migration" of African Americans in the 1900s, was published this month. 

The novel follows the story of Hattie Shepherd, who moves from Georgia to Philadelphia in the 1920s and raises a family there, experiencing a disappointing marriage and resolving to teach her children of how difficult life will be.

Winfrey discussed her newest pick in a video.

“It’s her first time ever writing a book, and I think you are going to be so taken by it,” Winfrey said of Mathis’s novel, which she called a “jewel of a book.”

“This book touched me so deeply,” the former talk-show host continued. “Sacred truths just leap from the pages.”

Winfrey pointed out that readers can buy the e-book edition specially formatted for the book club, with Winfrey’s own notes accompanying the text, or a normal paper version.


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