Before we were yours: A Novel

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THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT--A New York Times , USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a "thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal."* 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. * Library Journal If All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection * Finalist for the Southern Book Prize * Publishers Weekly's #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017 "A [story] of a family lost and found . . . a poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets." -- People "Sure to be one of the most compelling books you pick up this year. . . . Wingate is a master-storyteller, and you'll find yourself pulled along as she reveals the wake of terror and heartache that is Georgia Tann's legacy." -- Parade "One of the year's best books . . . It is impossible not to get swept up in this near-perfect novel." -- The Huffington Post
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display_description "Memphis, Tennessee, 1936. The five Foss children find their lives changed forever when their parents leave them alone on the family shantyboat one stormy night. Rill Foss, just twelve years old, must protect her four younger siblings as they are wrenched from their home on the Mississippi and thrown into the care of the infamous Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children's Home Society. South Carolina, Present Day. Avery Stafford has lived a charmed life. Loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, she has a promising career as an assistant D.A. in Baltimore and is engaged to her best friend. But when Avery comes home to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with a stranger leaves her deeply shaken. Avery's decision to learn more about the woman's life will take her on a journey through her family's long-hidden history"--
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subject_facet Adoption -- Corrupt practices -- Fiction, Audiobooks, Brothers and sisters -- Fiction, Domestic fiction, Electronic books, FICTION -- Contemporary Women, FICTION -- Historical, FICTION -- Literary, FICTION / Contemporary Women, FICTION / Historical, FICTION / Literary, Families -- Fiction, Family secrets -- Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical fiction, Large type books, Literature, Novels, Orphanages -- Fiction, Poor families -- Crimes against -- Fiction, Southern States -- Fiction, Tann, Georgia, -- 1891-1950 -- Fiction, Tennessee Children's Home Society -- Fiction
title_display Before we were yours : a novel
title_full Before We Were Yours A Novel, Before we were yours / Lisa Wingate, Before we were yours : a novel / Lisa Wingate, Before we were yours [electronic resource] : A Novel. Lisa Wingate
title_short Before we were yours :
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