The mesmerizing new novel from the prize-winning author of The Good Thief.
Loo is twelve when she moves back to the New England fishing village of her early youth. Her father, Hawley, finds work on the docks, 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.
Both a coming-of-age novel and a literary thriller, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an unforgettable story that explores what it means to be a hero—and the cost we pay to protect the people we love most.
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“The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one part Quentin Tarantino, one part Scheherazade, and twelve parts wild innovation. Hannah Tinti proves herself to be an old-fashioned storyteller of the highest order.” —Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth
“Hannah Tinti’s The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is a riveting character-driven thriller, a father-daughter road trip you won’t soon forget. Fans of The Good Thief who have been waiting for whatever comes next from this gifted writer will find their patience richly rewarded.” —Richard Russo, author of Everybody’s Fool