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A letter from bestselling author Lisa Wingate about how a fictional family uncovered hidden truths

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.

Dear Readers,

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 readers–and that because of that it would also land in the hands of many real-life survivors of Georgia Tann’s notorious adoptions-for-profit scheme.

As Before We Were Yours gained 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 who’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 Children’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 hope—through the pages of Before and After—you’ll join us on this journey of truths finally spoken and families lost and found.

Warmest wishes in life and reading,
Lisa Wingate


Audio Praise for Before We Were Yours:
“This story is well presented–perfectly paced and emotionally satisfying.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

View all audiobook titles by Lisa Wingate here.
Enhance your book club discussions:
Click here to view the Before We Were Yours Reader’s Guide
Click here to view the Before and After Book Club Kit