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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

– tekijä: Hannah Tinti

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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"--… (lisätietoja)
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fiction (human drama/life with criminals, family secrets/suspense) I liked the characters and the storyline pretty well but for most of the book I was thinking, that's no way to store a gun near a child, much less a child who has been provoked to the point of attacking others violently Hawley does teach her proper gun safety when Loo turns 12, but before that he mostly just trusts her not to mess with the various pieces he leaves strewn about the house, and apparently the message to not let friends borrow guns when you know they don't know anything about them didn't get passed on.

Still, if you keep in mind that this is a fictional story, and can manage to forget about the potential real-life consequences, it was enjoyable and something I had trouble putting down. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
“The clock on the dashboard was an hour behind. They had never fixed it for daylight savings. Loo reached forward and pushed the buttons and spun the dial, moving the numbers out of the past and into the present. In that moment, it seemed like the most important thing she'd ever done.” — Hannah Tinti, “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley”

Spinning the dial, moving the numbers out of the past and into the present is essentially what Hannah Tinti's amazing 2017 novel “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley” is all about.

Loo Hawley is the daughter of a badly scarred man with a mysterious past. She doesn't remember her mother, who drowned also mysteriously. Samuel Hawley has lived a violent criminal life that involved much bloodshed, most of it his own. He has been shot repeatedly, and Tinti tells a series of terrific stories about how he got each of his wounds. Along the way he met Lily. They got married and had a daughter, Louise, whom they called Loo.

Now in middle age, Samuel tries hard to be an honest citizen and a good father, but his past threatens to catch up with him. Meanwhile Loo snoops, studies and explores while attempting to discover and, at the same time, erase her father's past.

Tinti keeps her story moving, supplying rich characters and memorable episodes. There is much to admire here. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Mar 5, 2021 |
What an extraordinary unique book this is! The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is literature at its best. A creative plot, fine writing, great character development, and page-turning suspense all mix extremely well to offer up a tale you won’t soon forget after turning the last page.

12 year old Loo and her peculiar middle-aged father are drifters. Never staying put in one town for too long, they live simple, pack light, and are always ready to uproot and hit the road when Hawley, Loo’s dad, says it’s time to go. Loo believes her father is a professional fisherman, though why he needs a carload of miscellaneous guns is beyond her. And, with every new stop they make, her father crazily recreates a bathroom from hell of photos and mementos of his dead wife who mysteriously drowned.

After deciding to settle down for a while in a quiet New England coastal town, father and daughter decide to attend a summer town fair. When Hawley decides to sign up for the greasy pole contest and strips down to shorts and bare chest to do so, Loo is shocked to see her father’s body riddled with way too many very round bullet hole wounds sprinkled over his entire body. Too many for anyone to have survived.

Within this engaging coming-of-age account of a strange but close father/daughter relationship are alternating chapters revealing to the reader just how Hawley took each and every painful bloody bullet.

I found this story mesmerizing. This strange novel is both a bittersweet tale of the love of family lost and found, and a terrifying chronicle of how far a criminal will go to keep the only person he has safe.

It’s not difficult to fall in love with this beautiful poignant story that I found very different than most of what’s being written these days. I found it a breath of fresh air to read something so new and original. I easily award this novel 5 stars and a standing ovation for the author. This is the second book I’ve read by Hannah Tinti and look forward to her next written endeavor. ( )
  vernefan | Dec 12, 2020 |
The word “picaresque” was derived from the Spanish word for rogue, “picaro.” It was coined for a form of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero, popular among 18th and 19th century English novelists. Hannah Tinti’s The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley fits the description of picaresque almost perfectly.

Samuel Hawley is nothing if not rough (he has worked as a hit man and owns numerous guns of various sizes and calibers) and dishonest (he is a robber and a fence). Nonetheless, Tinti makes him sympathetic, if not downright likable. We warm up to him and empathize with him largely because of his devotion to his teenage daughter Loo and his remarkable resourcefulness. Loo is also quite resourceful, and may actually be a more important character than Samuel.

The plot of the book is something of a modernized retelling of the story of Hercules. It even begins in Olympus (Massachusetts, that is). The chapters alternate between the present day and the father and daughter’s various past adventures—eleven of them, in each of which Hawley ends up being shot, though never (obviously) fatally. The final and twelfth adventure is a tense page turner and fitting conclusion.

(JAB) ( )
  nbmars | Sep 3, 2020 |
This book was enchanting. I don't give out five stars easily, and this one deserves every bit of them. It was the perfect book for anyone raised on mythology, who cut her teeth on the stories of Hercules. Like any work of art, you probably don't have to "get" this book to appreciate its beauty, but it helps. ( )
  ErinCSmith | Jul 24, 2020 |
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With a rapid, nameless impulse, in a superb lofty arch the bright steel spans the foaming distance, and quivers in the life spot of the whale. Instead of sparkling water, he now spouts red blood.
"That drove the spigot out of him," cries Stubb. "'Tis July's immortal fourth; all fountains must run wine to-day!"
—Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
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When Loo was twelve years old her father taught her how to shoot a gun.
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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"--

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