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Ayana Mathis at the NYS Writers Institute (2013)

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Published on Dec 18, 2013

Ayana Mathis is the author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (2012), a widely praised first novel about a family's struggles, set against the backdrop of the African American "Great Migration" from the rural South to the urban North. A New York Times bestseller, the book was also the second selection for Oprah's newly-revived "Book Club 2.0." Writing in the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani said, "Ms. Mathis has a gift for imbuing her characters' stories with an epic dimension that recalls Toni Morrison's writing, ... but her elastic voice is thoroughly her own — both lyrical and unsparing, meditative and visceral, and capable of giving the reader nearly complete access to her characters' minds and hearts."

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