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Before we were yours / Lisa Wingate.

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  • 4 of 14 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 10 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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4 current holds with 14 total copies.

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Breckenridge Public Library WIN (Text) 33500012632071 Main Available -
Crookston Public Library WIN (Text) 33500012509840 Main In transit -
Crookston Public Library WIN (Text) 33500012551149 Main Checked out 10/02/2019
Detroit Lakes Public Library WIN (Text) 33500012509857 Main Checked out 09/30/2019
Detroit Lakes Public Library WIN (Text) 33500012524898 Main Checked out 09/26/2019
Detroit Lakes Public Library WIN (Text) 33500012583001 Main Checked out 09/25/2019
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Fosston Public Library WIN (Text) 33500012647038 Main Checked out 09/20/2019
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780425284681
  • ISBN: 0425284689
  • Physical Description: 342 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]

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Summary, etc.: "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.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 May #1
    Newly engaged Avery Stafford leaves her job as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., to go back home to South Carolina, where she is being groomed to succeed her ailing father, a U.S. senator. At a meet-and-greet at a nursing home, she encounters May, a woman who seems to have some link with Avery's Grandma Judy, now suffering from dementia. The reader learns early on that May was once Rill Foss, one of five siblings snatched from their shanty home on the Mississippi and taken to the Memphis branch of the Tennessee Children's Home Society. The society seems too Dickensian to be true, except that it was, and its black-market adoption practices caused a stir in the mid-twentieth century. Rill's harrowing account of what befell the Foss children and Avery's piecing together (with the help of a possible new love interest) of how Rill and Grandma Judy's stories converge are skillfully blended. Wingate (The Sea Keeper's Daughters, 2015) writes with flair, and her distinctly drawn characters and adept use of the adoption scandal will keep readers turning the pages. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. Wingate lives in the Ouachita Mountains of southwest Arkansas.

Subject: Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Orphanages > Fiction.
FICTION > Historical.
FICTION > Literary.
FICTION > Contemporary Women.
Brothers and sisters.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.

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