The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

A Novel

Large Print - 2017
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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"--
Publisher: New York :, Random House Large Print,, [2017]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781524756383
Branch Call Number: LGP FIC Tint
Characteristics: 543 pages
Alternative Title: 12 lives of Samuel Hawley

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sugarmountain Aug 18, 2017

While waiting for any of my holds to arrive, I checked out this title in the meantime. A quirky plot, yet held my attention right from the beginning. Recommended.

AL_ANNAL Jun 26, 2017

Is he a sociopath or a loving father? Can a person be both?

This is a compelling, literary novel that deserves all the accolades it has received!

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bookmoboyle
Jun 23, 2017

Really? A twelve year old girl puts rocks in her fathers sock, bashes her classmates in the face with it, then kicks them with her steel-toed boots? And in consequence, the principal makes her father and theirs join a club together? Yeah, I don't think so, but thanks anyway.

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theat
May 15, 2017

Not exactly a thriller, but a story built around the 12 bullets that Samuel Hawley, a career criminal, has been shot with over the course of his life; and over the time that his daughter has been born and raised to a young adult. Wonderful writing, literary quality, and a story that moves back and forth over time and place; a story requiring attention from the reader. Highly recommended to anyone who likes both good writing and good storytelling beyond the usual dreck of bestsellers.

multcolib_alisonk Apr 20, 2017

Loo and her father have gotten by, despite the death of Loo's mother when she was an infant. Samuel approaches his fatherly duties with an intensity underlined by a willingness to use violence, a trait he earned as a small-time criminal. As Loo beings to piece together her family's past, she gains an understanding of her father, but uncovers a mystery: what really happened to her mother all those years ago?

This novel will appeal to both teens and adults who enjoy a coming of age story punctuated by tension and mystery.

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Dreamstime
Apr 19, 2017

I found the back-and-forth between characters difficult to always piece together. The writing is good but I generally disliked the protagonists.

VaughanPLLily Jan 08, 2017

A brilliant thriller mainly set in a small fishing village in the States, with the father-daughter dynamic between Sam and Loo. This is a very engaging story goes back and forth between the past and the present, which is haunted by Sam's past. I couldn't put it down.

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