December 23, 2012 6:43 PM

Buzz surrounding ‘Twelve Tribes’ writer Ayana Mathis gets louder

Not long ago, Ayana Mathis was just another promising writer whose debut novel about a troubled family, “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” was generating buzz in book circles. Then came Oprah Winfrey’s public anointment of the novel as a book club selection. “I’m permanently stunned right now,” Mathis says.

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