Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

before we were yours2Before We Were Yours, a work of historical fiction, is based on the real-life nefarious activities of Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children’s Home Society in Memphis starting in the 1930s and lasting for over 20 years. Tann operated a black market adoption trafficking ring. Tann had poor children kidnapped to be adopted out to unsuspecting clientele and, unfortunately local authorities knew about Georgia Tann and even colluded in the kidnappings.

The fictional story of the five Foss children parallels the real life experiences of hundreds of victims of Georgia Tann's adoption agency. The story begins when the children are stolen from their family's riverboat one night in the 1930’s. Their parents have to go to the hospital due to complications with their mother's pregnancy and childbirth. Left alone, the children are taken by corrupt police officers working for Tann and eventually adopted off one by one.

Emotional, engrossing, even shocking at times, this is a book that you will long remember after reading it especially so because the story is based on real events.

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