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The Resource Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

Label
Before We Were Yours
Title
Before We Were Yours
Statement of responsibility
Lisa Wingate
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly BestsellerFor 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 JournalPublishers Weekly's #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017 • Winner of the Southern Book Prize • If All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection "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
Summary
A tale inspired by firsthand accounts about the notoriously corrupt Tennessee Children's Home Society follows the efforts of a Baltimore assistant D.A. to uncover her parents' fateful secrets in the wake of a political attack and a chance encounter with a stranger
Theme
Storyline
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Character
Award
  • Goodreads Choice Award, 2017
  • Librarians' Choice (Australia), 2017
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10560371
Cataloging source
BT
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Wingate, Lisa
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
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760
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Before We Were Yours
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:57d18822-c382-4ae7-882a-208272b39ed6
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780425284698
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Before We Were Yours
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:57d18822-c382-4ae7-882a-208272b39ed6
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780425284698
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

    • Independence Public LibraryBorrow it
      175 Monmouth Street, Independence, OR, 97351, US
      44.851488 -123.185756
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