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Before we were yours : a novel

Wingate, Lisa, author.,
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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"--
"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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15 current holds with 11 total copies.
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Arcade Free Library FIC WINGA (Text)
Adult New Materials
52112300414273
Checked out
07/19/2017
This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Caledonia Library Association FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52135300284941
On holds shelf
-
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Clifton Springs Library Fic Win (Text)
Adult Fiction
52115300326256
On holds shelf
-
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Lima Public Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
32139000989259
Checked out
07/16/2017
Lyons Public Library F Win (Text)
Adult Fiction
52141300478202
Checked out
07/05/2017
This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Macedon Public Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult New Fiction
52121300579027
Checked out
07/13/2017
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Ontario Public Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult New Materials
52126300714730
Checked out
07/05/2017
This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Red Creek Free Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52145100147792
Checked out
07/17/2017
This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Sodus Community Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52148300461765
Checked out
07/05/2017
This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Victor Farmington Library WIN (Text)
Adult New Materials
52128300793383
Checked out
07/05/2017
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