The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

I have always had massive respect for Hannah Tinti because of her ability to write beautifully epic stories (like her prior book, The Good Thief), and her work in the literary world as an editor for One Story, a hugely important literary journal that publishes one short story a month. What’s exciting about this new novel is the writer’s subject matter: a deceased mother, a criminal father, and the main character’s new life back in her mother’s hometown. Somehow, the father’s twelve gunshot scars come into play. The oncoming reckoning of the father’s past is going to be beautifully written with a fantastic chance for wisdom from the viewpoint of a young girl. Eight years is a long time to wait for a Tinti book. Look for it in March.

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