Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2017
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THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—Over two million copies sold! A New York TimesUSA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller
 
Look for Lisa Wingate’s powerful new historical novel, The Book of Lost Friends, available now! 
“Poignant, engrossing.”—People • “Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.”—Paula McLain

Memphis, 1939. 
Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.
Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.
Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.
Publishers Weekly’s #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017  Winner of the Southern Book Prize  If All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

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IndyPL_MagalyC Apr 22, 2020

The author does a wonderful job of constructing a fictional narrative around shocking true events. Rather than emphasizing the primary villain, the story follows the events in two separate time periods: 1939 with the Foss siblings and the events that led her and her siblings to the Tennessee Children's Home Society Orphanage, and the present-day narrative of Avery Stafford uncovering a (possible) family mystery. The structure of the book allows readers to easily keep track of each narrator for the respective chapters with a mastery of each narrator's voice. The primary focus of uncovering family secrets/mysteries was the most compelling aspect of the novel rather than Avery's romantic relationship; however, it did not detract from this compelling story.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 05, 2019

Very compelling story, based on true ocurrances. Starts out a little like a cheesy romance novel though.

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pink_bear_1713
Mar 26, 2019

pink_bear_1713 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 59

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