Before We Were Yours: A Novel (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—Over two million copies sold! A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller

“Poignant, engrossing.”—People • “Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.”—Paula McLain

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.

Publishers Weekly’s #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017Winner of the Southern Book PrizeIf All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection

Emily Rankin
hr min
June 6
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

NextChapterMom ,

You won't want to put this one down.

A powerful story based on the true events that happened at the hands of Georgia Tann in Memphis, TN. Set in the depression, the story grips you with its vivid imagery and character development. I was hooked from the very first paragraph. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in what went on at the Tennessee Children's Home Society in the 1920's-1950. Heartbreaking tales. You won't want to put this book down.

Jenn0328 ,


Heavy story. Beautifully written. I’m not often able to re-read books, but I did with this one and loved it even more the second time around.

Lizz w ,

I loved this audiobook!

I couldn’t stop listening to this book it was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It opened my eyes to the plight of impoverished families. Great book. I highly recommend it.

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