Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale. 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 fiance, 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"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Ballantine Books,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780425284681
Branch Call Number: FIC WINGA L

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Yoo_hoo5
May 07, 2018

About this book, the first word that comes to mind is “WOW”! What a good story!
I understand that even though the story is fiction, it is based on true facts. The facts are so incredibly sad and sorrowful that Georgia Tann was allowed to operate in the fashion that she did, with so few people taking her to task.
It is slow moving at first and sometimes difficult to incite interest, but stay with it. It gets better.
If you don’t get emotionally involved in this story, I would be surprised.

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kamiaho
Apr 08, 2018

October @ Grace's

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orange_lobster_23
Apr 06, 2018

This story of a young Mississippi girl's attempt to keep her family intact parallels the
real life history of The Tennessee Orphan Society during the late 1930's through mid-1950.
The founder/ head of this organization profited from the abduction of children from destitute
families and "sale" to families able to pay for services. I, personally, found this fictionalized story overly maudlin; but am intrigued by the power and political clout and influence the real head of the T. S. O. exercised.

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squirrelee
Apr 02, 2018

I loved learning about a part of history that I am not familiar with. I also loved the relationship between the sisters and how they coped and survived through hardships together.

Hazelnut Mar 20, 2018

Although the story is fictional it centers on the astonishing real life history of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage in Memphis. Rill Foss and her siblings are kidnapped and put in Georgia Tann’s orphanage to later be sold to wealthy families.
Switching from Rill’s story back in 1939 to Avery in present day the secrets of the past become unveiled.
This emotional and riveting tale is a must for book clubs.

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becker
Mar 01, 2018

I like when a book can teach you something about history while also telling you a good story. This will be a great read for people who love family stories that dip into the past and uncover secrets.

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MillieBT
Feb 06, 2018

Plot written from two points of view....that of Rill later named May by her adoptive parents
and Avery the daughter of a Senator whose grandmother is now in a nursing home...utterly
heartbreaking....the novel is slow to start but does pick up.....

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ehwillett
Jan 31, 2018

I couldn't get into at after the first two chapters, hard to follow, very disappointed.

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bibliomum
Jan 13, 2018

A captivating story. A definite page-turner!

archreads Jan 09, 2018

This historical fiction account of the Tennessee Children's Home is well written and really interesting.

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Mya614
Jan 20, 2018

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Sep 26, 2017

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AL_MARYA Jun 13, 2017

I clench my teeth so hard the pain travels all the way to the top of my head. I'm glad for it - it's just a little ache and I know where it comes from. I can stop it anytime I want. The one in my heart is way bigger. I can't fix it no matter how hard I try. It scares me so much that I can't even breathe.

"…the love of sisters needs no words. It does not depend on memories, or mementos or proof. It runs as deep as a heartbeat; it is as ever present as a pulse.

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