THE BLOCKBUSTER HITΓÇöOver two million copies sold! A New York Times,USA TodayWall Street Journaland Publishers Weekly Bestseller ΓÇ£Poignantengrossing.ΓÇ¥ΓÇöPeople ΓÇó ΓÇ£Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nationΓÇÖs history and weaves a tale of enduring power.ΓÇ¥ΓÇöPaula McLain Memphis1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their familyΓÇÖs Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy nightRill is left in chargeΓÇöuntil strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee ChildrenΓÇÖs Home Society orphanagethe Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parentsΓÇöbut they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facilityΓÇÖs cruel directorRill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty. AikenSouth Carolinapresent day. Born into wealth and privilegeAvery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutora handsome fianc├⌐and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisisa chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her familyΓÇÖs long-hidden historyon a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption. Based on one of AmericaΓÇÖs most notorious real-life scandalsΓÇöin which Georgia Tanndirector of a Memphis-based adoption organizationkidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the countryΓÇöLisa WingateΓÇÖs rivetingwrenchingand ultimately uplifting tale reminds us howeven though the paths we take can lead to many placesthe heart never forgets where we belong. Publishers WeeklyΓÇÖs #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017 ΓÇó Winner of the Southern Book Prize ΓÇó If All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection This edition includes a new essay by the author about shantyboat life.
Before We Were Yours
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