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Before We Were Yours: A Novel (2017 original; edició 2019)

de Lisa Wingate (Autor)

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"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"--… (més)
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Títol:Before We Were Yours: A Novel
Autors:Lisa Wingate (Autor)
Informació:Ballantine Books (2019), 384 pages
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Before We Were Yours de Lisa Wingate (2017)

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“No matter how much we love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one, we must dance within the music of today, or we will always be out of step, stumbling around in something that doesn’t suit the moment.” ⁣

Through sleepless nights and bloodshot eyes I enjoyed every page of this book. I could not sleep until I knew the fate of these children. ⁣

A tragedy in our nations history, it is hard to believe that something like Georgia Tann’s Tennessee Children’s Home Society ever existed. While the story is fictional, it is based on the real life scandal.

The novel begins with a family living on a Mississippi River shanty and escalates quickly. Five children ripped from their home by police, take from safety, leaving them with a forgotten past and changing their future forever. ⁣

Told in dual timelines we meet prominent Avery Stafford in present day South Carolina. With an ailing father and a grandmother whose memory fades day by day, Avery has returned home to oversee her father’s career. A chance encounter with an elderly lady will shift everything Avery thought she knew about her family. ⁣

How do these families, generations apart, connect? Both heart-breaking and heartwarming the voice of twelve year old Rill Foss will stay with you long after the last page. ⁣
  TheSubLibrarian | May 25, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this novel based on a the true story of a very tragic occurrence. This was a story I was not familiar with and enjoyed the fact based fiction. I was pulled in from page one and did not want to stop reading. I would recommend to anyone that enjoys a great historical fiction. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
This is such a touching story, made even more so since it is loosely based on the true story of Georgia Tann, the Director of a Tennessee adoption agency who stole children from the poor and then sold them to wealthy individuals. Though the story is fictional, it was still very powerful. The author did an outstanding job of showing how the kidnapped children must have felt being ripped from their parents. The voice she gave to Rill was incredible.

You can't help but be moved by this story. I gritted my teeth while reading this book. Humans never cease to amaze me in what harm they can afflict on others. Not an easy read; nevertheless, it was outstanding. ( )
  purpledog | Apr 14, 2021 |
Orphans from a house boat end up at a very unpleasant orphanage. ( )
  mlhershey | Mar 25, 2021 |
Amazingly sad and amazingly gripping are the best words I can think of to describe this book. I was not quite sure it would live up to the hype I was hearing. The surprise was on me because it more than lived up to the hype. This is definitely in my top 10 list of all time favorites.
The sacrifices made by almost every character are so believably real that you can feel their pain. I don’t feel it was just one thing or even the fact that it was based on a true story but the overwhelming feeling of helplessness was quite overpowering especially when it comes in the form of the written word.
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  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
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Wingate, Lisaautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Rankin, EmilyNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Taber, CatherineNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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"Did you know that in this land of the free and home of the brave there is a great baby market? And the securities which change hands...are not mere engraved slips of paper promising certain financial dividends, but live, kicking, flesh-and-blood babies."  ---FROM THE ARTICLE "THE BABY MARKET, The Saturday Evening Post, February 1, 1930
"They are, [Georgia Tann] said repeatedly, blank slates. They are born untainted, and if you adopt them at an early age and surround them with beauty and culture, they will become anything you wish them to be."  ---BARBARA BISANTZ RAYMOND, The Baby Thief
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For the hundreds who vanished
and for the thousands who didn't.
May your stories
not be forgotten.
For those who help today's orphans
find forever homes.
May you always know the value 
of your work
and your love.
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My story begins on a sweltering August night, in a place I will never set eyes upon.
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It's funny how what you're used to seems like it's right even if it's bad.
Life is not unlike cinema.  Each scene has its own music, and the music is created for the scene, woven to it in ways we do not understand.  No matter how much we love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one, we must dance within the music of today, or we will always be out of step, stumbling around in something that doesn't suit the moment.
I have to be close to my sister, We've been stitched together at the heart since she was born.
In my multifold years of life, I have learned that most people get along as best as they can. They don't intend to hurt anyone. It is merely a terrible by-product of surviving.
The names of old friends and acquaintances she can often recall with ease. It's as if her memory book has fallen open, a persistent wind tearing out the most recent pages first. The older the memories are, the more likely they are to remain intact.
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"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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