Oprah Picks The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie For Book Club 2.0
After putting her famous book club on hiatus for two years, Oprah announced she was bringing her book club back in June. She initially launched Book Club 2.0 with Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild, and now she’s added a debut novel by Ayana Mathis called The Twelve Tribes of Hattie to the list.
Originally slated for publication in January, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie follows the story of a 15-year-old young woman named Hattie who leaves Georgia and moves to Philadelphia after Jim Crow laws are instituted in the South. While the book discusses larger issues like the Jim Crow laws in the early twenties, it mostly discusses her family and family dynamics as they change over the decades. New York Daily News is reporting Mathis based her lead character on her grandmother. While some of the story is tough material, but Oprah says she was sucked in right away.
"The opening pages of Ayana's debut took my breath away. I can't remember when I read anything that moved me in quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison."
The loss of Oprah’s book club for several years certainly created a gap in the market for women who were looking for reliable and unique reading suggestions. When Oprah announced she was creating Book Club 2.0, many were excited, but the real testament to the power of Oprah’s club are the sales. Initially, 50,000 copies of Mathis’ book were slated to be printed. Since Oprah made the announcement on Wednesday, that number was bumped to 125,000 copies. I have a hunch that number will only grow in the weeks to come.