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"Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate
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Cynthia White
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Meeting Date: November 14, 2019

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 fiancé, 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.


Upcoming Selections & Meeting Dates
January 2020:  "Slaughterhouse 5" by Kurt Vonnegut
March 2020:  "Educated" by Tara Westover
May 2020:  "We Are Water" by Wally Lamb

Past Selections
September 2019: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
May 2019: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
April 2019: The Dionne Years: A Thirties Melodrama by Pierre Berton
February 2019: All They Will Call You by Tim Hernandez
January 2019: There There by Tommy Orange
November 2018:  Immortal Irishman
by Tim Egan
September 2018: Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
May 2018: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
April 2018: The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
March 2018: The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
January 2018: Barkskins
 by Annie Proulx
December 2017: 
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
October 2017:  Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
September 2017:  Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
May 2017: The Green Road by Anne Enright
March/April 2017: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
February 2017: Wintering by Peter Geye
January 2017: 11-22-63 by Stephen King