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Hannah Tinti

Author of The Good Thief

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About the Author

Hannah Tinti is a writer, editor, and a teacher. She grew up in Salem, Massachusetts. She has worked at bookstores, magazines, publishing houses, and literary agencies. In 2002 She co-founded the award-winning magazine "One Story". She was Editor in Chief for 14 years and is an Executive Editor. In show more 2009 she received the Pen/Nora Magid Award for excellence in editing. In 2011 she joined the the Public Radio Program, "Selected Shorts" as their Literary Commentator. She is also a teacher of creative writing. She taught writing at the New York University Graduate Creative Writing program as well as Columbia University's MFA program and at the Museum of Natural History. Hannah co-founded the Sirenland Writers Conference in Italy. Hannah's short story collection, "Animal Crackers" was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel "The Good Thief" is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award, winner of The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award. Her new Novel "The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley" was published in March 2017. 30 show less

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Works by Hannah Tinti

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The Best American Mystery Stories 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 203 copies
Lit Riffs (2004) — Contributor — 167 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 97 copies
Boston Noir 2: The Classics (2012) — Contributor — 64 copies
Story, Vol. 46, No. 2 [Magazine, Spring 1998] (1998) — Contributor — 4 copies


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A children's book for adults. There should really be more of these..
littoface | 138 other reviews | Feb 2, 2024 |
Several years ago, I listened to the podcast, Books on the Nightstand, religiously. One of the hosts, Michael, raved about how much he loved The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti. I discovered a signed copy of the book…I think we were traveling and exploring an indie bookstore…maybe in Raleigh, North Carolina? Anyway, I have this tendency to purchase books I truly intend to read in the near future, and they wait very patiently on my bookshelf. I didn’t forget about this book. In fact, I have admired its presence in the signed section of my home library ever since I brought it home.

The wait has ended. I finally stepped into the uniquely dangerous, tragic lives of Samuel Hawley and his daughter, Loo. Hawley is a criminal who has been living a nomadic lifestyle by constantly moving; living in and out of motels with his young daughter. As Loo becomes a teenager, Hawley decides to move to Olympus, Massachusetts where Loo’s mother grew up. He wants to give Loo stability and a real home. Loo has difficulty getting along with her peers at school as she embarks on her own self-exploration.

Hawley’s body has scars he earned from his criminal lifestyle. Twelve scars in fact. Each representing a bullet he took from his dangerous adventures. I loved how a chapter of the book was dedicated to each bullet that entered Hawley’s body. Readers not only learn how and why Hawley was shot each time, we also learn what was going on in Hawley’s life.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an amazing story! I completely understand why Michael was so enamored by it and urged podcast listeners to read it. It’s a five-star book for me! Despite Hawley’s flaws, he is one of those characters filled with so much suffering that my heart was constantly breaking for him. Maybe it’s because of his flaws that I felt that way. Even though I felt tremendously sad most of the time while reading this book, I couldn’t wait to see what Loo was going to get herself into next and what shenanigans were going to Hawley shot. There are so many layers to this story: grief, survival, identity, change, friendship, love, and family. It’s deep and wonderful.

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NatalieRiley | 57 other reviews | Feb 1, 2024 |
A man's dark past catches up with him and his teenage daughter. Hijinks ensue. Deeply symbolic hijinks.

From August 21, 2019: Today's plane novel: half of a fascinatingly bad crime novel. So far, "best" scenes: fleeing a bad burglary, two guys climb aboard a boat, discover a whale surfacing beneath them and begin firing their guns into its unresponsive surface. Also: I am in the middle of a scene where a criminal hand-off is happening in Alaska, and everyone pauses to watch a glacier break up, and THAT causes a huge wave that is sweeping everyone out to sea or something. Whyyyy does the hand-off need to happen right there????

Later: No this one is not a rec but I will finish it to discover where else its Mad Libs plotting is going.

August 23, 2019: I also finished my terrible crime novel. Good news: after a Deal Gone Bad, our hero is bleeding out on a little boat and sees a whale surface, fin. It was terrible and exhilarating; I haven't read a book this bad in years.

Anyway, I kept a running list of the worst sentences, enjoy:

Hawley was in his forties but looked younger, his hips still narrow, his legs strong. (Note: this is from the perspective of Hawley's young teen daughter, or possibly the space alien inhabiting his young teen daughter, since no teen daughter has ever thought about her father's narrow hips outside of a Pornhub video.)

There was at least twenty years and a world of difference between them, but Talbot's wife held something deep inside of her that Hawley knew he could spend the rest of his life trying to uncover. (This sentence just keeps stringing together tired language and dead cliches, one after another, and each one is tireder and deader than the last.)

For a moment Hawley could sense each bullet as it left the chamber, as it traveled through the air, as it penetrated the whale's dark skin and tunneled through flesh, slowed and then came to a stop, nestled in some hidden corner of the leviathan's body, a token to be carried until the end of days. (ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.)

She was young, with a body made thick with fast, cheap food. (AHHHHHHHHHH.)
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proustbot | 57 other reviews | Jun 19, 2023 |
A modern Dickens homage, with orphans, hardscrabble criminals, and surprising twists to tie things up in the end. Tinti's workmanlike story is readable. While I like the idea of a new Dickensian story, Tinti works a little too hard to capture the mood and characters. It comes off less homage and more coopted. If you're going to cover Dickens' ground, you need to be blessed with uncommon skill. Tinti does a passable job but not without Dickens' shadow hovering a little too ominously over the narrative.

3 bones!!!
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blackdogbooks | 138 other reviews | May 30, 2023 |



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