Before We Were Yours has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year, the longest duration of any book this past year.
Based on the terrible history of children taken from their mothers, Wingate's book has become a favorite of book clubs this past year. From the 1920s through 1950, thousands of children of single mothers and poverty-stricken parents were taken away — sometimes even quietly whisked off front porches or from hospital maternity wards by the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and its Memphis branch director, Georgia Tann. While heartbroken birth mothers searched for their stolen sons and daughters, the children were often kept in unlicensed boarding facilities and given new names and histories before being advertised for adoption to families who could afford to pay (see photo).
If Before We Were Yours introduced you to Lisa Wingate and you want to read more, don’t despair. Lisa is a prolific author and the library has many of her books. She’s written six series. Before We Were Yours is book number thirty! The book jackets below reflect the first book in each series.
Before We Were Yours' recognition includes the Goodreads Choice Award winner for Best Historical Fiction, Publishers Weekly’s #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017, Winner of the 2018 Southern Fiction Book Prize and was on many best of 2017 lists.
Don't miss Lisa Wingate Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Headquarters Branch. There's bound to be a crowd!
This program is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library