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Before We Were Yours

Cover: 'Before We Were Yours'

Staff Review: "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate


Although the characters in this book are fictional, it is based on actual stories from survivors from the Tennessee Children's Home Society. Georgia Tann was the manager of this notorious organization who had doctors and lawyers in her back pocket. They were paid to tell new mothers that their baby had died. Mothers were told that if they signed papers, the insurance would be paid for, but the unknowing mothers would be signing papers to have their babies taken away. Blonde hair, blue-eyed children were the most sought-after. Georgia was so well known, and thought to be an outstanding citizen, even Eleanor Roosevelt praised her work. 

This novel tells the story of Rill Foss and her four siblings. On a night when they were left home alone, they were taken off their riverboat and taken to the Children's Home. Rill fights to keep them together, but is unsuccessful.  Years later, Rill (now an elderly lady, now known as Mae, since the children were all given new names so their families could not locate them), finds her sister after many years.


Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

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