Contact: Sally Bibb
21
Oct
2019
Kansas City
Rainy Day Books
2706 W. 53rd
Mission, KS  66205
United States of America

Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.

About the book:

Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable true story in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.  That Georgia Tann and her Tennessee Children’s Home Society could actually exist, unraveling the lives countless children, will give you chills.

Memphis, 1939.  Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shanty boat.  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 real-life director, the cruel Georgia Tann, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day.  Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon.  But when she 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.



 
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