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Before we were yours  Cover Image Large Print Book Large Print Book

Before we were yours / Lisa Wingate.

Wingate, Lisa, (author.).

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781432839123
  • ISBN: 1432839128
  • Physical Description: 605 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
  • Edition: Large print edition.
  • Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.

Contents / Notes

General Note:
"A novel"--Cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 591-592).
Summary, etc.:
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 when 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.
Subject: Tann, Georgia, 1891-1950 > Fiction.
Tennessee Children's Home Society > Fiction.
Adoption > Corrupt practices > Fiction.
Poor families > Crimes against > Fiction.
Family secrets > Fiction.
Southern States > Fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
FICTION > Historical.
FICTION > Literary.
FICTION > Contemporary Women.
Tann, Georgia,
Tennessee Children's Home Society.
Adoption > Corrupt practices > Fiction.
Poor families > Crimes against > Fiction.
Family secrets > Fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Southern States.
Tann, Georgia, 1891-1950
Tennessee Children's Home Society.
Adoption > Corrupt practices.
Family secrets.
Southern States.
Genre: Large type books.
Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.

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