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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

By: Hannah Tinti

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Imprint: Dial Press Trade Paperback

Format: Trade Paperback | ISBN: 9780812989908

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The mesmerizing new novel from the prize-winning author of The Good Thief Samuel Hawley isnt like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his daughter Loo on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back. Now that Loos a teenager, Hawley wants only to give her a normal life. In his late wifes hometown, he finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at the local high school. She also grows more and more curious about the death of the mother she never knew. Soon, everywhere she turns, she encounters the mysteries of her parents 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 thats darker than she could have known, the demons of her fathers past spill over into the presentand together both Hawley and Loo must face a reckoning yet to come. This father-daughter epic weaves back and forth through time and across America, from Alaska to the Adirondacks. Both a coming-of-age novel and a literary thriller, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an unforgettable story that explores what it means to be a heroand the cost we pay to protect the people we love most. Advance praise for The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one part Quentin Tarantino, one part Scheherazade, and twelve parts wild innovation. Hannah Tinti proves herself to be an old-fashioned storyteller of the highest order.Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth Hannah Tintis The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is a riveting character-driven thriller, a father-daughter road trip you wont soon forget. Fans of The Good Thief who have been waiting for whatever comes next from this gifted writer will find their patience richly rewarded.Richard Russo, author of Everybodys Fool The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is utterly magnificentgripping, suspenseful, funny, and so full of heart. Young Loo and her father are contemporary characters with the stature and magnetism of the great heroes of literature. The reader in me was racing through to find out what would befall them, while the writer, awestruck by Hannah Tintis powerful storytelling, was desperately trying to slow down. This is a book I will return to again and again, for sheer pleasure and to learn how it is done.Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being
In her second novel, “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley,” Hannah Tinti has written an adventure story that ranks with the best.... Ms. Tinti's magic is such that Loo and her father are immensely charming and appealing. The author has given both of them sheer competence in just about everything that requires fists or guns, but their toughness exists along with a sweet haplessness. Plus the Hawleys are always smarter and more interesting than their enemies.... Hannah Tinti's novel has a good old-fashioned plot to drive it. It has suspense. If you want smarts — it's got that, too.... “Twelve Lives” is thrilling and smart and just plain good.
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
...an achingly beautiful story about a single father raising a daughter whom he's trying to keep from repeating his own mistakes. Tinti is a masterful storyteller who deftly weaves Louise "Loo" Hawley's coming of age against the backdrop of her father Samuel's criminal history and his search for redemption.... Tinti's language is precise and beautiful. She writes rich and nuanced characters. In spite of his past, there's never any doubt about Hawley's good intentions and the love he has for his daughter. Their story is a poignant one that readers won't want to see end.
—Dallas Morning News
The 12 lives of the novel's title are represented by 12 bullet wounds in his body, a kind of stations-of-the-cross marker for the scars Hawley has suffered in the living of his shadow life. His body has been punctured by too many bullets, along with the interior wound of losing his wife, and his great fear of harm coming to his daughter. Hawley's love for Loo is tender and pure, a reprieve from an otherwise sinful existence. It makes Hawley an admirable father, and the novel more than a case for the humanity of gun nuts.... As this strikingly symphonic novel enters its last movement, the final bars remind us that of all the painful wounds that humans can endure, the worst are self-inflicted.
—New York Times
...an impeccably crafted novel that will thrill new readers and those who have followed Tinti's work over the years.... While some authors lead characters down a path to unfortunate caricatures, Tinti's light touch keeps them memorable without overplaying their roles.... There are so many concurrent story lines in "The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley" that to reveal too many details here would risk stealing the reader's pure enjoyment of such an adventurous and transformative tale. I will warn you to set aside a weekend for this captivating novel, because once you start it you won't want to put it down until you reach the last page. And even then, you'll want to start again from the very beginning.
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
Tinti's second novel skillfully channels suspense, longing and loss as it follows Samuel Hawley and his daughter, Loo, attempting to settle down in small-town Massachusetts after years on the road evading a mysterious past.... “Twelve Lives” is brilliantly structured, alternating between the present narrative of the enigmatic duo's relocation and flashbacks explaining each of Hawley's gunshot wounds.... Tinti's writing is strong and measured; for her, the sentence is not so much a grammatical unit as a rhythmic one.... “Twelve Lives” has all the elements of an Academy Award-winning film: enthralling action, unexpected love and a close examination of the human condition.... “Twelve Lives” is a moving, human drama of lives inextricably bound to one another, linked by past and present. It raises essential questions of heroism, family and identity — letting readers seek the answers — and embeds them in a truly magnetic story.
—Kansas City Star
The novel splices Loo's raucous upbringing with flashbacks to the numerous shoot-'em-up episodes from Hawley's past. The rapid-fire switching between the story lines gives the book an irresistible velocity that Ms. Tinti sustains to the end, by which point she's settled the last of Hawley's old scores. What works less well is the book's gesturing toward mythology.... Ms. Tinti is on surer ground detailing Hawley and Loo's unusual relationship.
—Wall Street Journal
One of Tinti's great successes here, in addition to her enjoyable narrative and interesting characters, is her ability to assert such romantic truths in a story that also contains such graphic pain and harm. THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY is a rich, thoughtful and gripping novel.
Tinti makes each of her crime scenes wildly different yet equally suspenseful. As skillful as she is, she never romanticizes her bad actors. What most deeply interests her is the stumbling, fumbling humanity that results in bad actions.... Tinti's own considerable strengths make us care about the outcome. She fuses urgent, vibrant storytelling with a keen understanding of broken people desperate to be whole.
Lily is the absence at the core of “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley,” Hannah Tinti's beautifully constructed second novel, which uses the scars on Hawley's body — all 12 bullet wounds, one by one — to show who he is, what he's done, and why the past chases and clings to him with such tenacity. Nearly nine years after “The Good Thief,” Tinti has fused a cowboy-noir action adventure and a coming-of-age tale into a father-daughter love story.... Aside from the final action sequence, which is pure Hollywood-style derring-do set on the ocean (and includes one plot twist, involving a temporary inability to navigate, that feels bizarrely false), Tinti never glamorizes violence. She forces us to look at the damage wrought, to hear the crunch of bone, to see the copious blood, to take in the bystanders, now broken or dying or dead.
—Boston Globe
This is the ancient myth of Hercules — the plot of all plots — re-engineered into a modern-day wonder. Tinti, the editor and co-founder of One Story magazine, knows how to cast the old campfire spell. I was so desperate to find out what happened to these characters that I had to keep bargaining with myself to stop from jumping ahead to the end..... This would all be empty calories if Tinti weren't also such a gorgeous writer, if she didn't have such a profound sense of the complex affections between a man wrecked by sorrow and the daughter he hoped “would not end up like him.” She does end up like him, of course, but only in the best way.
—Washington Post
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