Cosette's Tribe

Cosette's Tribe

by Leah Griffith


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Cosette's Tribe by Leah Griffith

Inspired by a photograph of a happy tribe of Indians, young Cosette decides to start a tribe of her own by playing matchmaker for her divorced mother in hopes of finding a replacement for her absent father. Unaware of the repercussions her meddling will bring, Cosette triggers a series of dark events, which isolate her from her family, forcing her to deal with the life-shattering consequences of her actions on her own. With an unshakable sense of hope and humor, Cosette navigates through the hippie culture of the mid-1960s, facing off with life and death, while stumbling upon things both terrifying and beautiful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985306601
Publisher: Nonpareil Press
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Leah Griffith was born in Worcester Massachusetts - the birthplace of her creative spirit, which, through the years, has been nurtured by her time spent living in Hawaii, St. Croix, and North Carolina. She currently lives in Florida with her husband Mike; her cat, Bella; and her two dogs, Duchess and Kahlua. After raising three children, Leah now enjoys writing full time. "Cosette’s Tribe" is her first novel. Leah welcomes your visit online at:

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Cosette's Tribe 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
mrswarrick More than 1 year ago
Cosette’s Tribe is a beautifully written book. The POV utilizes the voice of a young girl, which is fitting for this diary of her life. This is a tale about how one little girl deals with more than her share of adult situations. By using Cosette's voice, the author is able to invoke stronger feelings as you witness her plight, and cheer for her as she struggles to build a new life and tribe (family). I laughed and I cried while reading this amazingly touching story. I was able to relate to this novel personally, and I believe many others will too. I am hoping the author puts out a continuation as I feel emotionally invested in Cosette’s fate and would like to see what happens in her future. ..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cosette's Tribe is heartbreaking and wonderful, all rolled into one. Once you start reading it, you will find it close to impossible to put it down. Knowing the story is being told by a nine year old girl, you feel the strong emotions coming through with each word. The journey that Cosette faced throughout the book tugs on the heartstrings. Her strength is so well captured and so well written, I felt I was there, taking this difficult road with her. I would love to read more about Cosette and her struggles and triumphs. Leah Griffith is an amazing author and I look forward to reading more from her.
KarenBerner More than 1 year ago
I am amazed "Cosette's Tribe" is Leah Griffith's first novel. We see Cosette take on a life filled with misfortune and dark secrets with such fortitude, it is impossible not to love her. Cosette comes alive through Griffith's wonderful prose. This is a great novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nine year-old Cosette carries the weight of the world (or at least, her world) on her fragile, yet tenacious shoulders. As the youngest member of a single-parent household, Cosette, or Cozy, longs for her father, or just a good man to take his place. Even though they are on welfare and don’t have money or nice things, Cozy and her two sisters are happy because Ma has a knack for making little things special, but Cozy still feels like something’s missing. One day at her friend’s house, she meets Ken, a handsome Air Force man. Because Ken treats her like an equal instead of a little kid, Cozy quickly comes to like him, and decides he can become a member of her tribe – a group of people Cozy cares about and wants to keep in her life. She also makes the fateful decision to introduce Ken to Ma. It’s a decision that will change all their lives, and will haunt Cozy for years as she pins herself with the responsibility for their subsequent struggles. Life for her and her sisters becomes one drawn out nightmare as Ken reveals his dark side, a side Ma refuses to acknowledge, and a side of which Cozy sees the worst. The author brilliantly shows us the fear, guilt, bravery, and growing spirit of young Cosette as she struggles to trudge through the troubles she brought on her family. Wiser from experience, she quickly learns to discern those who can make her stronger from those who would beat her down, and her enduring alliances will pull her through. We see Cozy’s maturity blossom as she fights to keep her world from tearing her apart. Even through her pain, Cozy wants to forgive, and holds out hope that things can be better, and people can change. Through her resilience, we learn it is possible to make unbearable situations better, bearable. Griffith does an amazing job of drawing the reader into the story, creating a distinct environment for the tale with her visceral descriptions and Cozy’s powerful voice. She is truly a gifted storyteller, and I hope she finds great success with Cosette’s Tribe. It’s one of those stories you want to share with all your friends, even before you’ve finished. So, I highly recommend this wonderful book. I’m so glad I found it.
Batz More than 1 year ago
Incredibly moving. I will never forget this character or her story. Cosette's Tribe is a flat out gem. Even as I write this review, I find myself backspacing and deleting words because I don't feel I'm doing the novel justice. From the moment we meet Cosette, it is impossible not to invest in her life. She is a child forced to grow up too fast and see too much, too soon. As she dealt with trials and splintering relationships in her life, it reminded me of how tough and resilient some children can be and how as adults we sometimes take that for granted. They aren't always the clueless, happy-go-lucky free spirits we want them to be. Sometimes, they are more aware of things than we are. This book is devastatingly sad at points, but like Cosette, amazingly uplifting. The author Leah Griffith has penned a masterful work and should be proud. She made me fall in love with this character's spirit and her ability to take the worst of the world and keep finding the inner strength to dare hope that things could one day turn around. The characters, the setting, the smallest details were all leaping off the page and the interactions between the characters were spot on. Rarely are my emotions stirred in the way they were after reading this story. Without question, this book deserves a wide audience. Can't wait until Leah Griffith releases her next project.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully written account of young Cosette's misplaced trust in the adults meant to protect her. Her need for love and acceptance is shown as she wages an internal battle of guilt and denial. The POV is able to convey the innocence of a nine year old girl's dreams and aspirations, while taking the adult reader back to their own childhood. The reader becomes mesmerized by Cosette's charm and makes one long to belong to her tribe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Cosette's Tribe" gives readers a chance to experience childhood again through the voice of author Leah Griffith. Ms. Griffith is a gifted storyteller who masterfully handles some heavy content in an authentic pre-teen's voice. "Cosette's Tribe" is an awakening read that will stay with you for years to come.
tobefree_1 More than 1 year ago
This book is for readers teenage and up. The book deals with live events are often not talked about, but need to be shared. The story is well written and draws you into the difficult life of a young girl growing up. The character is real and draws you into her world. I look forward to reading more from this author as she leaves the reader definitely wanting to learn more about Cosette. I want to be part of Cosette's tribe!
NancyAnn5 11 months ago
Author, Leah Griffith gives us a profoundly good read in Cosette's Tribe; a story that streams from the mind of a pre-teen girl and with narrator breadth of place and character. As I followed Cosette, in and out of the shadows, I was captivated and charmed, but not more than I felt unsettled. Griffith’s prose had me walking in the ill-fitting shoes of this plucky girl, who, with her sisters, mother and the man who became her step-father, live one day at a time on the fringe of ordinary life. They are a family that wrestles for normalcy. A people given to impulse-- to spontaneous dance twirls or a backhand to the face. To things within reach. The story moves with rhythmic hope, thanks to an unsinkable Cosette, who is too young anyway to be jaded. And the hope holds, in the face of an unthinkable force that looms over and shapes her life. A force that squeezes people around her, that squeezes Cosette's tribe and that stalks and preys on Cosette like a pathogen. The story has presence and takes one hard turn. It also illuminates which was a big part of my keeping it close. I wanted to know, and indeed, author Leah Griffith took me there, of the depths of a silent trap into which children fall. I'm so looking forward to Leah Griffith's next book.
Coffeyb More than 1 year ago
This nine-year old is full of surprises! She sees a a picture of a tribe of indians and wants to start a tribe of her own. With this in mind she opens up a can of worms that makes it worth the read,,,It was hard to get into but once I did could not put down!