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Before We Were Yours

(2016)
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THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT - Over two million copies sold! A New York Times, USA Today,Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller

"Poignant, engrossing." - People . "Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation's history and weaves a tale of enduring power." - Paula McLain


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.

Publishers Weekly's #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017 . Winner of the Southern Book Prize . If All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection

"Sure to be one of the most compelling books you pick up this year. . . . Wingate is a master-storyteller, and you'll find yourself pulled along as she reveals the wake of terror and heartache that is Georgia Tann's legacy." - Parade

Genre: Historical

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Title: Before We Were Yours (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
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ISBN: 1-4328-3912-8 / 978-1-4328-3912-3 (USA edition)
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Title: Before We Were Yours: A Novel
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Title: Before We Were Yours
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Title: Before We Were Yours: A Novel
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Title: Before We Were Yours: The absolutely heartbreaking summer read of 2019
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Title: Before We Were Yours
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Title: Before We Were Yours
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Title: Before We Were Yours: The heartbreaking novel that has sold over one million copies
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