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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A Novel (edición 2017)

por Hannah Tinti (Autor)

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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"--… (más)
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Título:The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A Novel
Autores:Hannah Tinti (Autor)
Info:The Dial Press (2017), Edition: 1st, 400 pages
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The Outlaw’s Daughter Grows Up

Hannah Tinti merges two genres, coming of age and crime thriller, into a powerful tale of a daughter learning about her often absent outlaw father, then bonding with him, accepting him for the imperfect man he is, and discovering her own inner strength. Though filled with violence and plenty of death dealing, it ultimately finishes on a hopeful note, and stands as a testament to the goodness and love within even the most ruthless people.

The novel alternates between Loo, the daughter, growing up from age twelve to just shy of eighteen and the nomadic life of her father, an outlaw who freelances in crime. You have Loo and Hawley living together, learning about each other and Hawley’s criminal life centered around how he came to acquire eleven gunshot wounds. How he received these and curiosity about how he will get his last, the twelfth, plus how Loo will react when she discovers what Hawley really is, provide the propulsive drive of the novel.

Hawley has been a criminal nearly from the time he was a teen. He hooked up with Jove, an older man who claimed to be a doctor. Maybe he was, because he teaches Hawley quite a bit about field treating injuries, especially gunshot wounds. Hawley travels with a well stocked medical kit. Bad guys, after all, can’t just present themselves in emergency rooms. He and Jove see each other when they are working on a job for a kingpin named King. King deals in rare artifacts, which Hawley and Jove retrieve for him. When contractors steal from him, King dispatches Hawley and Jove to collect and mete out the criminal version of justice.

King’s a man who lurks in the shadows. Hawley meets him for the first time in a diner, where he also mets Lily, a memorable pairing. Eventually, he marries Lily. They have a baby, Louise, nicknamed Loo. Something terrible happens to Lily, reported back in her hometown as a drowning. This leaves Hawley with Loo. Hawley, though, has business to take care off, so he leaves Loo with Lily’s mom, Mabel Ridge, an eccentric and crusty character, in the coastal New England fishing town Lily grew up in. Hawley returns after four years and takes Loo back. With her, they traverse the country, dodging whatever Hawley believes wants to find them.

Finally, when Loo is older, they settle in the New England town. When she turns twelve, the start of the novel, he teaches her how to shoot. Let’s just say her upbringing bears not the remotest resemblance to that of Anne of Green Gables. She’s odd girl out at school, terrifically strong-willed, constantly rebellious, and sometimes given to violence. Marshall, a student in her school, develops a crush on her. When he kisses her, she responds by breaking his finger. He’s odd, too, and slowly they fit together.

Time passes and we readers she her relationship with Hawley change and deepen. We learn more about her mother, Lily, whom in spirit she bears a striking resemble to. And we feel a certain amount of tension, because it is quite clear Hawley lives an edgy life, waiting for something to happen, waiting for somebody to catch up with him. Then Jove reappears, surprising Hawley and Loo. And then we slid into a climax that calls on all the knowledge Loo has acquired, the astronomy she knows, what she’s learned about the ocean, and, of course, her shooting skills. The ending proves very cinematic.

While the novel contains copious amounts of crime and violence and the ending brings these together in the ultimate test of father-daughter bonding, it’s at its heart a story of girl growing and discovering herself and a father learning again how to love, this time his daughter. Tinti’s writing and mastery of criminal life, weapons, the outdoors, the sea, the sky, and human motivation will impress you, and are another reason to read the novel. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
The Outlaw’s Daughter Grows Up

Hannah Tinti merges two genres, coming of age and crime thriller, into a powerful tale of a daughter learning about her often absent outlaw father, then bonding with him, accepting him for the imperfect man he is, and discovering her own inner strength. Though filled with violence and plenty of death dealing, it ultimately finishes on a hopeful note, and stands as a testament to the goodness and love within even the most ruthless people.

The novel alternates between Loo, the daughter, growing up from age twelve to just shy of eighteen and the nomadic life of her father, an outlaw who freelances in crime. You have Loo and Hawley living together, learning about each other and Hawley’s criminal life centered around how he came to acquire eleven gunshot wounds. How he received these and curiosity about how he will get his last, the twelfth, plus how Loo will react when she discovers what Hawley really is, provide the propulsive drive of the novel.

Hawley has been a criminal nearly from the time he was a teen. He hooked up with Jove, an older man who claimed to be a doctor. Maybe he was, because he teaches Hawley quite a bit about field treating injuries, especially gunshot wounds. Hawley travels with a well stocked medical kit. Bad guys, after all, can’t just present themselves in emergency rooms. He and Jove see each other when they are working on a job for a kingpin named King. King deals in rare artifacts, which Hawley and Jove retrieve for him. When contractors steal from him, King dispatches Hawley and Jove to collect and mete out the criminal version of justice.

King’s a man who lurks in the shadows. Hawley meets him for the first time in a diner, where he also mets Lily, a memorable pairing. Eventually, he marries Lily. They have a baby, Louise, nicknamed Loo. Something terrible happens to Lily, reported back in her hometown as a drowning. This leaves Hawley with Loo. Hawley, though, has business to take care off, so he leaves Loo with Lily’s mom, Mabel Ridge, an eccentric and crusty character, in the coastal New England fishing town Lily grew up in. Hawley returns after four years and takes Loo back. With her, they traverse the country, dodging whatever Hawley believes wants to find them.

Finally, when Loo is older, they settle in the New England town. When she turns twelve, the start of the novel, he teaches her how to shoot. Let’s just say her upbringing bears not the remotest resemblance to that of Anne of Green Gables. She’s odd girl out at school, terrifically strong-willed, constantly rebellious, and sometimes given to violence. Marshall, a student in her school, develops a crush on her. When he kisses her, she responds by breaking his finger. He’s odd, too, and slowly they fit together.

Time passes and we readers she her relationship with Hawley change and deepen. We learn more about her mother, Lily, whom in spirit she bears a striking resemble to. And we feel a certain amount of tension, because it is quite clear Hawley lives an edgy life, waiting for something to happen, waiting for somebody to catch up with him. Then Jove reappears, surprising Hawley and Loo. And then we slid into a climax that calls on all the knowledge Loo has acquired, the astronomy she knows, what she’s learned about the ocean, and, of course, her shooting skills. The ending proves very cinematic.

While the novel contains copious amounts of crime and violence and the ending brings these together in the ultimate test of father-daughter bonding, it’s at its heart a story of girl growing and discovering herself and a father learning again how to love, this time his daughter. Tinti’s writing and mastery of criminal life, weapons, the outdoors, the sea, the sky, and human motivation will impress you, and are another reason to read the novel. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
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 |
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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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