The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

A Novel

eBook - 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"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : The Dial Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9780812989892
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: 3m Cloud Library
Alternative Title: 12 lives of Samuel Hawley


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Jan 12, 2020

Father/daughter tale of a life on the run.

Oct 09, 2019

Interesting coming of age story that I enjoyed. Whenever I stopped reading I always looked forward to picking back up where I left off. The story goes back in time and then to the present in alternating chapters. This method was perfect for the setting in this book. I cared about the characters, even cheered for the criminal to have a good outcome. This is a first-time author read for me. I will definitely read something else by Hannah Tinti.

Oct 02, 2018

Book Group Read - Not something I would normally pick up, but it does go at a good clip and the characters are interesting.

Jul 19, 2018

I'm clearly out of step with many readers on this one. The father-daughter angle drew me in. But then I discovered it's mostly about the great American dream (not that old chestnut about middle-class prosperity etc.; no, it's the dream of owning more guns than anyone else. Why bring one gun to a fight when you can have a whole bag full, with various configurations and firepower?)
This fellow learned an important life lesson at sixteen: When you break into someone's house, there's a fair chance he might shoot you. Next time, bring your own gun -- it's the one simple solution to all of life's little problems. He's a hero because he has twelve bullet wounds and is still alive.
So what's the point? The story line "outcast, bullied daughter fights back" had potential but it never went anywhere. How about "Lonely, disillusioned gunfighter seeks redemption"? But for that to work, I would have to care about this dude. But I don't.
Sorry, this one was not for me.

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

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!

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