Published: December 10, 2012 - The New York Times
Less than a week ago Ms. Mathis was just another promising writer whose debut novel about a troubled family, “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” was generating buzz in book circles. Then came Oprah Winfrey’s public anointment of the novel as a book club selection last Wednesday. Things changed: scores of “friend” requests on Ms. Mathis’s Facebook page, one especially surreal day in which she forgot to eat, and the Chicago taping of a segment for Ms. Winfrey’s OWN network, scheduled to run in February.
Books of The Times: ‘The Twelve Tribes of Hattie’ by Ayana Mathis(December 6, 2012)