Hattie Shepherd, Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
When she loses her babies early on, our hearts swell and mourn for Hattie as her heartbreak settles in. When she subsequently has nine more children, we mourn for them because Hattie raises them with a severe distance. Hattie can be described as cold and distant, but there is courage within her too. As a mother Hattie is strong-willed and stubborn, raw and heartbroken. Some may love her, while others hate her, but being human comes with actions many may not always understand.