Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours


THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT&;Over two million copies sold! A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly BestsellerLook for Lisa Wingate&;s powerful new historical novel, The Book of Lost Friends, available now!&;Poignant, engrossing.&;&;People &; &;Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation&;s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.&;&;Paula McLainMemphis, 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.Publishers Weekly&;s #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017 &; Winner of the Southern Book Prize &; If All Arkansas Read the Same Book SelectionThis edition includes a new essay by the author about shantyboat life.

Book Details


Random House Digital


Jun 06, 2017





Age Level

General Adult