The Turner House & The Twelve Tribes of Hattie


I’m not sure what took me so long to read both The Turner House and The Twelve Tribes of Hattie but it made sense to read them together as companion pieces. Both of these books are so amazing that I don’t want it to seem as if they are interchangeable. While both examine African American life and feature large families living out The Great Migration, the writing in each is distinct. I could write so much about these books so examining both at once does not mean each is not each worthy of an individual post. And I don’t often say this, but both of these books would make great movies.

When I was young, my mother, who had a parent and grandparents who were part of The Great Migration, hung a museum poster of a picture from this time period in our living room. At the time I…

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