My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A good first effort for the writer. I like the snippet way the stories were told; in that format, I as the reader had my own opportunity to flesh out the characters/stories. Despite being able to do that, I still felt that some of the characters were under-developed. I felt robbed with some stories, they ended so quickly without much substance while others were packed to the gills from beginning to end.
In my own life experience, I’ve met Hattie and her tribe, multiple times. In some cases some members of the tribe were able to rise above their beginnings and create a more successful end. I wish that had been the case for some of the members of Hattie and her tribe — even if just one of them.
Even reading this fictional account, there was the reminder that “life is difficult” (Scott Peck). Life must be hard carrying around all that hurt, anger and dysfunction. But it doesn’t have to be all difficult if we choose to acknowledge, then make positive changes to the negative aspect(s) of our situations that we’ve contributed.
I’ll definitely read this book again, maybe not cover to cover — in the order the book was published — like I did this time.
I’ll definitely recommend this read to others.