Lisa Wingate’s incredible #1 bestseller, Before We Were Yours, now has a new non-fiction companion, Before & After, that will captivate book clubs everywhere. Award-winning narrator Emily Rankin returns to Wingate’s world to read this new audiobook. Listen to a clip below after reading a letter from Lisa Wingate herself.
While writing the story of twelve-year-old Rill Foss in Before We Were Yours, I never dreamed that the novel would find so many incredible, generous readersâ€“and that because of that it would also land in the hands of many real-life survivors of Georgia Tannâ€™s notorious adoptions-for-profit scheme.
As Before We Were Yoursgained steam, unexpected packages began showing up in my mailbox and email inbox. Inside were pages of old adoption paperwork, crackled sepia-toned baby photographs, creepy Georgia Tann sales letters to prospective adoptive parents, and pictures of eventual birth-family reunions between siblings, cousins, parents, and children whoâ€™d long ago been separated. Because people were talking about the novel, the real-life survivors finally felt free to talk about what had happened to them. I worked with my award-winning journalist friend Judy Christie to document what came about when these adoptees and families gathered for a reunion of sorts.Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Childrenâ€™s Home Society is the result.
These true stories are remarkable, utterly fascinating, and ultimately life-affirming. The book is the next chapter for Rill and the Foss kids, the unexpected tale of how a fictional family brought together real families and helped propel them on individual quests to untangle a decades-old web of lies and to share their long-hidden stories.
I hopeâ€”through the pages of Before and After—youâ€™ll join us on this journey of truths finally spoken and families lost and found.
Warmest wishes in life and reading,
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Audio Praise for Before We Were Yours:
“This story is well presented–perfectly paced and emotionally satisfying.”—AudioFile Earphones Award