The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Samuel Hawley isn't like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his beloved daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back. Now that Loo's a teenager, Hawley wants only to give her a normal life. In his late wife's hometown, he finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at the local high school.Growing more and more curious about the mother ...


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TitleThe Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
ISBN9780812989908
Author
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
PublisherDial Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Literary Fiction
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  • Emily May
    1970-01-01
    Beautiful and bittersweet.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 f...
  • karen
    1970-01-01
    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t...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....
  • Larry H
    1970-01-01
    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, despite all they may have given us? These ideas and questions are at the core of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley , Hannah Tinti's exquisite new novel. For as lon...
  • Pouting Always
    1970-01-01
    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so taken in by the book I could barely breathe until I finished reading it. I loved the plot line and the structure and the characters and the writing. I wish I was mor...
  • Paromjit
    1970-01-01
    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only the bare minimum, but always with them are the items that remind the two of them of Lily, Loo's mother, and which form a dedicated shrine in the bathroom. The cons...
  • Elyse
    1970-01-01
    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the mast in two, shooting splinters across the harbor, bringing the entire town to their feet, and sending a jumble of wood and grease and man exploding into the sea ...
  • Norma
    1970-01-01
    Wow!  This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride!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-w...
  • Angela M
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Taryn
    1970-01-01
    "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 seve...
  • Dianne
    1970-01-01
    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound.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...
  • Cheri
    1970-01-01
    4.5 StarsNo 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, whe...
  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapters alternating with he and Loo, his daughter, now living in a small Massachusetts town, the home of Loo's mothers birth.This is where it gets a little tricky for m...
  • Karen❄️
    1970-01-01
    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love.This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading!I would recommend this!
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. “She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.” 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 ea...
  • Lindsay
    1970-01-01
    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times. Once I hit the mark, I was looking forward to finishing the book as I found it was becoming somewhat repetitive and I was losing interest.I really liked the main...
  • Jaline
    1970-01-01
    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did.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 tr...
  • Phrynne
    1970-01-01
    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father and protector and this is what makes him appealing.Not that he is a good father in the normal way of things. He bonds with baby Loo by giving her whisky on his finge...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an epic road trip. Hannah Tinti has written a beautifully constructed gripping novel. 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 ...
  • Erin
    1970-01-01
    I am hoping that as I write this review that Hannah Tinti is sitting up in some skyscraper sitting across from Ethan and Joel Coen who want to make her book into a full length feature film. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one of those books that knocked me off my feet and left me begging to be part of Hawley's group. Hawley and his daughter, Louise( Loo) remind me of the brotherly duo in The Sisters Brothers. Ironically, the setting takes p...
  • Marie
    1970-01-01
    This was a beautiful story of a father – daughter relationship. It tells of a past pertaining to the father, Samuel Hawley, from which he is trying to protect his daughter at all costs. His past is Herculean, it is a time of it’s own, yet it cannot be separated from the present. He has scars from twelve bullets. Twelve bullets are the equivalent of the twelve tasks of Hercules, the twelve hours on a clock. Hawley’s past is shady, but he is ...
  • Zoeytron
    1970-01-01
    Samuel Hawley. Fisherman. Father. Criminal. Hawley and his daughter, Loo, don't stay in one place for very long. They are both irregular weaves, it's difficult for them to fit in, hard to blend. There is always the shadow of Hawley's past misdeeds looming just behind him. A shrine to his wife always travels with them. In a way, remembering too well is like being buried alive. I read "The Good Thief" by this author a couple of years ago and was st...
  • Robin
    1970-01-01
    A tough guy, a man of few words, a dude with twelve bullet holes in his body, Samuel Hawley is no stranger to violence. But, he's got a heart of gold, deeeeeeeeep down, much like Clint Eastwood in any of his spaghetti westerns. We are meant to see that and sympathise with him, despite his criminal past, because of his love for the now-dead Lily, and his devotion to Loo, their teenage daughter.Loo (can't stand the spelling of her name) is just as ...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    Samuel Hawley is not necessarily a good man or a great father. He’s neither a “gentle giant” nor a “criminal with a heart of gold.” Whatever you think you know about him simply because he’s a single father raising his daughter, you’re probably wrong. It does not mean that he doesn’t love his daughter, on the contrary actually. I see Hawley as living proof that sometimes it takes a man with less conscience to fully protect the peop...
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    I chose this book for a seven-hour flight from Baltimore to San Francisco, by way of Milwaukee because my loan from NetGalley was about to expire. That’s always kind of risky, because whenever I get on a plane I have a tendency to try to push myself to read as much of a book as possible but then my opinion of the book sometimes suffers from reader’s fatigue. I focus on plowing through and forget to enjoy.Anyone else find themselves doing that...
  • Rebbie
    1970-01-01
    I feel like I stepped into some weird, uber violent twilight zone. It's like a father/daughter mashup combo of gratuitous violence, a la Natural Born Killers. It's not to say that the plot is similar to Natural Born Killers, because it's not. It's just the bizarre, nonsensical violence in frank, unyielding terms.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 bo...
  • Rebecca Foster
    1970-01-01
    This father–daughter story is an unusual but winning blend of small-town New England atmosphere and high-octane action scenes. Imagine a John Irving novel getting the Hollywood shoot-’em-up treatment and you’ll have some idea of what Tinti does in this unexpectedly dark book full of quirky characters (Mabel was my favorite). I found Loo’s everyday life a bit dull in comparison with the more exciting revelations about Hawley’s past. (It...
  • Ron Charles
    1970-01-01
    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. (Matt Reeves, lined up to direct the next Batman movie, has already optioned the novel for televisi...
  • Rachel León
    1970-01-01
    (3.5 stars, rounded up because there are some brilliant aspects) I'm clearly in the minority here as I see this novel has received mostly 5 star reviews. I did like it, but I didn't *love* it. 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 cha...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    1970-01-01
    “Love isn’t about keeping promises. It’s about knowing someone better than anyone else. I’m the only one who knows him. I’m the only one who ever will.”There are beautiful sentences aplenty in this gorgeous novel that I highlighted, but the one above hit me. How can you love someone if you don’t know them inside and out, their tame side and their animal nature. We throw the word love around and don’t mean it, not really. We love p...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    Brilliantly crafted, wonderfully written and utterly absorbing. The twelve lives in the title refer to the twelve bullets that pierce Samuel Hawley although Hawley is pierced by much more than bullets. The stories of these bullets alternate with the coming of age of his daughter Loo. The bullets happen in the past and Loo's story takes place in the present. Tinti considers the passage of time and what love and death do to people. This is a remark...