Before We Were Yours
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Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate grabbed me from the very beginning, tossed my emotions around like a salad, and never let go!
There are some difficult passages in this novel, which you should be prepared for, but this is such a great story! I’ll start by explaining that ever since I laid eyes on this cover a few months ago, I haven’t stopped thinking of this book. I salute the author for exposing this topic and commend her writing skill as the storyline unfolds into a well-deserved ending.This is the story of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society, the facility, “home,” where Rill Foss, who will be renamed May Weathers, and her siblings who become wards, as well, are also all renamed by Georgia Tann. Although this is the first novel that I have read by Lisa Wingate, apparently she has written others. Just ask Rill Foss and her four younger siblings, who found themselves in Tennessee Children’s Home Society one day, after their parents left them home alone. Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate is based of a shocking piece of history of the American south. Adoptees who knew little about their pasts gained insight into the startling facts behind their family histories.
In her brief moments of lucidity, her grandmother's appears to light up with recognition when she mentions May. Some aspects are well done and the expose of the decades-long adoption ring in Memphis is both interesting and abhorrent.Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. This novel follows the lives of the five Foss siblings who grow up living on a Mississippi River shantyboat with their parents in 1939. This unputdownable tale becomes so “real” in it’s story telling that one wants to actually investigate the disgusting perpetrators and cause them to suffer the exact vile acts they criminally abused upon innocent little children, lock them up forever and throw away the key. In Memphis, 1939, the dreadful Miss Tann illegally acquires a family of five children who had been living a blissful life with their parents on a river boat. Based on the historical Tennessee Children’s Home Society in Memphis, the scandal of snached children being sold as ‘orphans’ to great and good, but childless, couples across America is truely disurbing.
After I read the book I went online to learn more about this period in history and there is a lot to discover. However, while I appreciated learning about the children’s story, I didn't care for the writing style. the story of the ross siblings may be a work of fiction, but there are a countless number of children whose experiences were not. BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by LISA WINGATE is a heartbreaking, interesting, and a powerful Historical Fiction novel that was enlightening to read.
This Memphis-based adoption organization was absolutely horrific in the way that they treated and exploited these children. The screens sway inward as the attic fan rattles overhead, pulling at wet air that has no desire to be moved.
But When Their Father Must Rush Their Mother To The Hospital One Stormy Night, Rill Is Left In Charge--Until Strangers Arrive In Force. She tries to keep her brothers and sisters together but people are showing up for viewings and they are taking her siblings from her. narration: major props to these narrators I think they added so much to the book they were Rill and Avery.
Avery was another strong character, trying to figure out her grandmothers secrets, and I was trying to figure them out right along with her. The Macclesfield Reading group received 10 free copies of this book and we discussed it at our February meeting. She took children from poor families and sold them to celebrities and people with political interest. not necessarily learning facts or information, but i felt like i was learning about humanity - the good and the bad.