The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter Loo to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife's hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother's mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his crimi...more
There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutual respect, as it is here between Loo and Samuel Hawley, there is nothing so strong.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley alternates between the present and past. In the former, Samuel Hawley teaches Loo how to survive (shooting g ...more
what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book.
this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such a man is able to impart to his young daughter to prepare her for the world and the struggles to come: how to hotwire a car, shoot a gun, or deal emphatically with bullies.
this one is less-grit, more-heart than s.r.s., but loo and polly would definitely have a lot of comm ...more
For as long she can remember, it's just been the two of them—Loo and her ...more
THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father’s love for his daughter. This book drew me in right from the very first chapter and throughout all of the 12 bullet wounds that Samuel Hawley endured to the very last heartfelt chapter. Loved it!
HANNAH TINTI delivers a touching, moving, heart-wrenching, impressive, and very ...more
Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views - the mood I'm in, maybe the book I've just read. I thought about this because Sam Hawley is not the kind of character that I usually care about. He has led a life of crime and is far from the perfect parent but yet ...more
"The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.”
3.5 Stars. A beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby. Hawley sets up a shrine to Lily at every single place they stop. They've never stayed in one place for long. By the time Loo is 12, she's gone to seven schools in seven states. When it's time for her to enter eighth grade, they f ...more
I really liked the main characters Hawley and his daughter, L ...more
This is where it gets a little tricky for me, because this father and daughter re ...more
No one seems to love or understand me
And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me
Where somebody shines the light
I'll be coming on home tonight
Bye, bye Blackbird
Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist)
”When Loo was twelve years old her father taught her how to shoot a gun. He had a case full of them in his room, others hidden in boxes around the house. Loo had seen them at night, when he took the ...more
This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple narrators. Samuel Hawley is the father, a ne'er do well who has spent most of his life committing crimes or running from them. In the course of his criminal career, he has been shot twelve times. His histo ...more
This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the love they have for each other. But it's also about the father's past, a lifetime of bad mistakes. He's not a very good criminal, but he's a very good survivor. He's not easy to identify with, but he's easy to understand and e ...more
This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading!
I would recommend this!
Samuel’s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lily died and the way this happens and how it affected Samuel and their daughter becomes one of the mysteries of the story. Samuel created a shrine for Lily wherever he travelled – was it grief? Remorse? Guilt? ...more
Not that he is a good father in the normal way of things. He bonds with baby Loo by giving her whisky on his finger tip, as a young child he teaches her how t ...more
I read "The Good Thief" by this author a couple of years ago and was struck by how different it was. She has done it agai ...more
It's basically a book alternating from Hawleys past life to his life now with Loo.
As a parent, Hawley is a mess. But his love for Loo and Lily could not be questioned. He is a wounded person, not only on his body, but in his soul. He's also a career criminal but you actually like him.
Lily is a most interesting individual.
Loo is curious and ...more
What is the point of violence just for the sake of it? I am in the target market for this book, so it would be unfair to say that the book isn't for me, because it's supposed ...more
Loo (can't stand the spelling of her name) is just as tough, breaking fingers and swinging r ...more
Anyone else find themselves doing that?
But this book is like 480 pag ...more
The story unfolds in Olympus, but not ...more
Samuel Hawley's body is covered with twelve bullet wounds from the twelve times he was shot. His daughter Loo doesn't know the secrets of his violent past and he tries to protect her from the truth of her mother's death. The novel is told in alternating chapters of past and present, weaving through time wi ...more