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Before We Were Yours (2017)

por Lisa Wingate

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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"--… (mais)
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Before We Were Yours. Lisa Wingate. 2017. What a sad, horrifying novel! It is based on the life of Georgia Tann who ran an adoption scam for years. She kidnapped children, tricked parents into turning their children over to her, told parents their newborn baby died. She fooled the authorities and had their blessing as they thought she was providing care to abandoned children. Avery, a bright, attractive attorney goes home to help her father with his re-election campaign. When she goes to visit her grandmother in a nursing home, She is stopped by a strange woman who grabs her hand. She becomes interested almost obsessed with finding out all about the woman. As she delves into this woman’s life she learns about Tann and her hideous operation. A bibliography is included if anyone wants to read further. ( )
  judithrs | Jun 10, 2024 |
Based on true historical events. In “ Before we were yours”, a poor but well loved family is living on a riverboat.As the mother goes into labor, they have to leave the children alone to get to a hospital. The children left alone are taken by police who give them to the Tennessee Children’s home which is a cruel, horrible place that sells children although they call in adoption. The story of these “ River children “ as told by Rill( who becomes May) is sad and seems unbelievable except these things actually happened and were orchestrated by Georgia Tann in real life between 1930s up to the 1950s. It’s incredible to believe. ( )
  Smits | Jun 1, 2024 |
Very dark at times but very good ( )
  libraryofemma | Apr 18, 2024 |
This was a heartbreaking book, even though some things are resolved in the end.

The story is read by two narrators who each voice a character telling the tale of the real-life Tennessee Children's Home Society, an adoption agency in Memphis, which notoriously used kidnapping and lies to steal poor children from their parents and essentially sell them to wealthy parents from the 1920's to 1950.

The earlier timeline relates the story of fictional twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings who live aboard their family’s Mississippi River shanty boat. In 1939, their father must rush their mother to the hospital, and Rill is left in charge. The next morning, Memphis police (the director of the orphanage paid police to round up children for her) arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are told they will soon be returned to their parents, but it doesn't take long for the two older children, Rill and ten-year-old Camellia, to realize the awful truth -- there is no getting out of what is essentially a prison. The children are slowly broken apart and given up for adoption to wealthy families in other parts of the country.

The later story tells the tale of Avery Stafford, a successful prosecutor who has recently returned to Aiken, SC to help out her ill father and his Senate campaign. While visiting a nursing home with her father, she stumbles upon a mystery involving a woman who claims to know her grandmother. Avery's story isn't as interesting and her part of the narration drags in places. But it serves to bring the story of the Foss children up to the present day, while also telling the dark history of the Tennessee Children's Home Society.

The narrator who voiced Rill was fantastic -- I felt the story was greatly improved by her narration. Avery's narrator wasn't as good, but she told Avery's story well. I sometimes wished I could have read those parts, since I read faster to myself than she could narrate, and I wanted to get back to Rill's story as fast as I could.

All in all, a good book and I give it 4 stars in LibraryThing, though I gave it 5 stars on Audible. ( )
  janoorani24 | Apr 17, 2024 |
Wow is all I can say about this book this has by far been the best book I have read. I have read plenty of books but this one was the best I don’t even have words for this book although the people in the book or fictional the stories are real and they’re based on true story. It is unbelievable that Georgia tan was able to get away with what she did for so many years all those children that died and were never reunited with their parents all those children’s given two homes that missed treated them all those children that were molestedAnd beat it’s so sad so many parts of this book brought so many tears to my eyes makes me look at my own children and just want to hang onto them so tight and never let them go because there are some weirdPeople in this world I don’t want to give away any more spoilers because I’m sure there’s a Tonna people that have not read this book yet but for those of you who read it you know what I’m talking about. ( )
  Mariafrendo | Apr 6, 2024 |
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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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"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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