The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

A Novel

Large Print - 2017
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"Loo is twelve when she moves back to the New England fishing village of her early youth. Her father, Hawley, finds work on the boats, while she undergoes the usual heartaches of a new kid in school. But lurking over Loo are mysteries, both of the mother who passed away, of the grandmother she's forbidden to speak to. And hurtling towards both father and daughter are the ghosts of Hawley's past. Before Loo's birth, he was a professional criminal engaged in increasingly elaborate and dangerous underworld schemes. Life on the road was harsh - Samuel Hawley took "twelve bullets" in his brutal career. The scars have healed, but there is a reckoning still to come"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Random House Large Print, ©2017.
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781524756383
Characteristics: 543 pages ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: 12 lives of Samuel Hawley


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Jun 25, 2018

“The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley” by Hannah Tinti, could have provided an interesting perspective into the criminal man, turned into a bitter memoir of the titular character. The pacing of the novel was excruciating; it would have been easier to skip most of the book and still partly enjoyed enjoy the climax. Thankfully the the climax of the novel and the true flaws in the characters make the book somewhat interesting. Otherwise, the plot was lackluster, the descriptions hard to endure and the repetitiveness of the mistakes made by the characters seemed to dull out any redeeming qualities the characters had. The worst part of the novel was the ending; it’s lack of answers made it seem pointless to read the whole story.
As for the narration, Elizabeth Wiley’s voice provided to be ill-suited for the role. Women were given a nasaly quality when they spoke and children appeared more whiny than youthful. She did do a good job representing shortness of breath and urgency in the dialogue but otherwise was a poor choice for this novel. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Halwey’s only redeeming quality is that it makes a good character study book, otherwise it is a disappointing read.

Mar 21, 2018

"Everything breaks if you hit it hard enough."
This third book from Hannah Tinti is intense and raw, like a wound that won't quite heal and you just keep poking at it. Ewww. Hawley, a drifter with a dark, criminal past, and his daughter Loo arrive in a small New England fishing village and try to make a fresh start. But if you've ever read a book before, you know that's not going to happen. The narrative alternates between the present and Hawley's story. Each of his 12 bullet scars (hence the title) gets a chapter. I found Loo far more compelling and thought 12 bullets was maybe 3 or 4 too many. Tinti pitches camp in the gritty, dirty realism school of Carver, Russo, and Dubus, but adds more of a James Lee Burke-like thriller element. A striking read, at the very least.

Jan 17, 2018

Desire large print. Mountain park librar. rge print.
Thank you
Kathy Kline, 404-213-1448
All small case Kathy

Jan 08, 2018

I didn't like this book-thought that the father was totally irresponsible, child endangerment: one thing to live your life on the edge, don't bring a child into it

Dec 02, 2017

A widower with a violent criminal past moves into a small Maine fishing town hoping to establish a safe space for his daughter, who gradually learns the stories behind her father's 12 bullet scars. Wash Post 2017 Summer Reading List

sugarmountain Aug 18, 2017

While waiting for any of my holds to arrive, I checked out this title in the meantime. A quirky plot, yet held my attention right from the beginning. Recommended.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jun 26, 2017

Is he a sociopath or a loving father? Can a person be both?

This is a compelling, literary novel that deserves all the accolades it has received!

Jun 23, 2017

Really? A twelve year old girl puts rocks in her fathers sock, bashes her classmates in the face with it, then kicks them with her steel-toed boots? And in consequence, the principal makes her father and theirs join a club together? Yeah, I don't think so, but thanks anyway.

May 15, 2017

Not exactly a thriller, but a story built around the 12 bullets that Samuel Hawley, a career criminal, has been shot with over the course of his life; and over the time that his daughter has been born and raised to a young adult. Wonderful writing, literary quality, and a story that moves back and forth over time and place; a story requiring attention from the reader. Highly recommended to anyone who likes both good writing and good storytelling beyond the usual dreck of bestsellers.

multcolib_alisonk Apr 20, 2017

Loo and her father have gotten by, despite the death of Loo's mother when she was an infant. Samuel approaches his fatherly duties with an intensity underlined by a willingness to use violence, a trait he earned as a small-time criminal. As Loo beings to piece together her family's past, she gains an understanding of her father, but uncovers a mystery: what really happened to her mother all those years ago?

This novel will appeal to both teens and adults who enjoy a coming of age story punctuated by tension and mystery.

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