Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425284681
Branch Call Number: FICTION WINGATE
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 24 cm


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Aug 05, 2018

Story of two sisters who were stolen from a poor black family in Tennessee. The orphanage that "sold" them to white rich families. HOrrible conditions and ultimate joy.

Jul 27, 2018

Enjoyed reading "Before We Were Yours" and learning about the history of adoption in our country. As an adoptive mother my heart broke as the story progressed in learning the fate of the Foss children and all children removed from their families by Miss Tann. There were many life lessons throughout the book on families, love, relationships, hardship, trusting, and determination. In the end, it was good to know Rill understood an adoptive family can be loving and nurturing to those they care for, but it can't take away the pain of losing your parents and siblings in a tragic way. So happy the two sisters were brought together in the end.

Jul 27, 2018

Referred to in a Friends of St Paul library promo

Jul 26, 2018

Loved this book! One of those that you don’t want to end but can’t put down.

Jul 23, 2018

This story has stayed with me like none of the others I have recently read. I agree with the other commenters: this is a sad but realistic story featuring women of strong character... a story made all the more poignant by its basis in fact. The families we are born into do indeed determine our lives' general direction. Those of us who are fortunate enough to be born into loving families with enough resources and education to give us a boost might consider how we can share with others less fortunate. The fate of the Foss family prompts us to count our blessings and focus on the joy in our lives.

Jul 11, 2018

A book that was a reflection of human tragedy in the U.S. The imaginary Foss family depicts the destruction of families - the 'child-trafficking' racket led by Tann and her team of adoption homes. I highly recommend this book.

Jul 10, 2018

This was a exceptional book. I couldn't put it down. Unbelievable that this was based on true accounts of the Tennessee Children's Home Society.

kkoenigc Jul 10, 2018

Well written and love the fact the book was based on true events.

Jul 07, 2018

could hardly put this book down

ArapahoeLesley Jul 06, 2018

This is an easy to read book in a familiar historical fiction structure of a modern search into a hidden past and it is great. The basis of this fictional story is very real and it felt real... I got quite teary at the end.

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Jan 20, 2018

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ArapahoeMaryA Jun 13, 2017

I clench my teeth so hard the pain travels all the way to the top of my head. I'm glad for it - it's just a little ache and I know where it comes from. I can stop it anytime I want. The one in my heart is way bigger. I can't fix it no matter how hard I try. It scares me so much that I can't even breathe.

"…the love of sisters needs no words. It does not depend on memories, or mementos or proof. It runs as deep as a heartbeat; it is as ever present as a pulse.


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