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Before we were yours : a novel

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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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  • 12 of 44 copies available at OWWL.

Current holds

5 current holds with 44 total copies.

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Allens Hill Free Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52132000134435
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Arcade Free Library FIC WINGA (Text)
Adult Fiction
52112300414273
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Avon Free Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52113300454186
Checked out
06/30/2020
Avon Free Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52113300459656
Checked out
06/30/2020
Avon Free Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52113300476098
In transit
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Bell Memorial Library - Nunda FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52114300182132
Checked out
06/30/2020
Bloomfield Public Library FIC Wingate (Text)
Adult Fiction
52133300114960
Checked out
06/30/2020
Bristol Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52134300034745
In transit
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Caledonia Library Association FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52135300284941
Checked out
06/30/2020
Clifton Springs Library Fic Win (Text)
Adult Fiction
52115300326256
Checked out
02/24/2020
Clyde-Savannah Public Library FIC Wingate (Text)
Adult Fiction
52116300723237
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Cordelia A. Greene Library - Castile FIC WINGATE (Text)
Adult Fiction
52136000219989
Checked out
06/30/2020
Dansville Public Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52117300498671
Available
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Eagle Free Library - Bliss FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52137300136055
Checked out
06/30/2020
Gainesville Public Library - Silver Springs Fic Win (Text)
Adult Fiction
52138300224412
In transit
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Geneva Public Library WINGATE (Text)
First Floor Fiction
52118300962807
Checked out
06/30/2020
Gorham Free Library FIC WINGATE (Text)
Adult Fiction
52119300167322
Checked out
06/30/2020
Honeoye Public Library FIC (Text)
New Adult Fiction
52120300375030
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Lima Public Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
32139000989259
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Livonia Public Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52140300536019
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Lyons Public Library F Win (Text)
Adult Fiction
52141300478202
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Macedon Public Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52121300747517
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06/30/2020
Marion Public Library FIC WINGATE (Text)
Adult Fiction
52122300022703
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Naples Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52124300364176
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06/30/2020
Ontario Public Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52126300714730
Checked out
06/30/2020
Ontario Public Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52126300719168
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Palmyra Community Library WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52127300354972
Checked out
06/30/2020
Perry Public Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52142302206963
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06/30/2020
Phelps Library Fic Win (Text)
Adult Fiction
52143100392757
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Pike Library PB FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52144300036111
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This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Red Creek Free Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52145100147792
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Red Jacket Community Library F WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
RJP0103922
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06/30/2020
Rose Free Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52147300068331
Available
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Sodus Community Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52148300470212
In transit
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Stevens Memorial Community Library - Attica WING (Text)
Fiction
52149100557430
On holds shelf
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Victor Farmington Library WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52128300793383
In transit
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Walworth-Seely Public Library FIC Wingate (Text)
Adult Fiction
52129300913484
Checked out
06/30/2020
Warsaw Public Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52151300295530
Checked out
06/30/2020
Williamson Public Library FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52152300657869
Checked out
06/30/2020
Wolcott Public Library F Win (Text)
Adult Fiction
52130100366014
Checked out
06/30/2020
Wood Library Association - Canandaigua FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
31846002749710
Available
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Wood Library Association - Canandaigua FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
31846002764669
Checked out
06/30/2020
Wood Library Association - Canandaigua FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
31846002849411
Checked out
06/30/2020
Wyoming Free Circulating Library Association A FIC WIN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52153000096432
In transit
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