The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2017-03-28
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Hannah Tinti
A coming-of-age novel and a literary thrill ride about the price we pay to protect the people we love most.
âA father-daughter road trip you wonât soon forget.ââRichard Russo
Samuel Hawley isnât like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his beloved daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back. Now that Looâs a teenager, Hawley wants only to give her a normal life. In his late wifeâs hometown, he finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at the local high school.
Growing more and more curious about the mother she never knew, Loo begins to investigate. Soon, everywhere she turns, she encounters the mysteries of her parentsâ lives before she was born. This hidden past is made all the more real by the twelve scars her father carries on his body. Each scar is from a bullet Hawley took over the course of his criminal career. Each is a memory: of another place on the map, another thrilling close call, another moment of love lost and found. As Loo uncovers a history thatâs darker than she could have known, the demons of her fatherâs past spill over into the presentâand together both Hawley and Loo must face a reckoning yet to come.
Praise for The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
âA master class in literary suspense.ââThe Washington Post
âTinti depicts brutality and compassion with exquisite sensitivity, creating a powerful overlay of love and pain.ââThe New Yorker
âHannah Tintiâs beautifully constructed second novel . . . uses the scars on Hawleyâs bodyâall twelve bullet wounds, one by oneâto show who he is, what heâs done, and why the past chases and clings to him with such tenacity.ââThe Boston Globe
âThe Twelve Lives of Samuel HawleyÂ is an adventure epic with the deeper resonance of myth. . . . Tinti exhibits an aptitude for shining a piercing light into the corners of her charactersâ hearts and minds.ââO: The Oprah Magazine
âAn achingly beautiful story. . . .Â Tintiâs language is precise and beautiful.Â .ââTheÂ Dallas Morning News
âGripping. . . Tarantino-like in its plot twists, action, and violence, the novel sweeps across the country and back and forth in time.ââInterview
âThe Twelves Lives of Samuel HawleyÂ is a thrillingly told tale that touches on the mythological and the mundane with equally compelling results.ââBuzzFeed
âA surprising and celebratory father-daughter story told with astonishing language and scope.ââBBC
âTintiâs second novel was years in the making, and well worth the wait. . . . This contemporary interpretation of the Greek myth of Hercules, whose twelve labors are represented by Hawleyâs twelve bullet wounds, is at once an American epic, a hardboiled crime story, and an exploration of familial love.ââOtto Penzler, LitHub
âAn unforgettable novel.ââPopSugar
âTintiâs storytelling is masterfulâshe weaves together dozens of beautifully drawn characters.ââNYLON
âTinti knows how to blend emotional connections with engrossing plots.ââThe Huffington Post
âHannah Tinti proves herself to be an old-fashioned storyteller of the highest order.ââAnn Patchett, author of Commonwealth