Before And After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories Of Orphans Who Survived The Tennessee Children's Home Society
ISBN: 0593130146
EAN13: 9780593130148
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 22, 2019
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.25" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

Before And After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories Of Orphans Who Survived The Tennessee Children's Home Society

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The compelling, poignant true stories of victims of a notorious adoption scandal--some of whom learned the truth from Lisa Wingate's bestselling novel Before We Were Yours and were reunited with birth family members as a result of its wide reach

From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market baby business at the Tennessee Children's Home Society in Memphis. She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parents--hiding the fact that many weren't orphans at all, but stolen sons and daughters of poor families, desperate single mothers, and women told in maternity wards that their babies had died.

The publication of Lisa Wingate's novel Before We Were Yours brought new awareness of Tann's lucrative career in child trafficking. Adoptees who knew little about their pasts gained insight into the startling facts behind their family histories. Encouraged by their contact with Wingate and award-winning journalist Judy Christie, who documented the stories of fifteen adoptees in this book, many determined Tann survivors set out to trace their roots and find their birth families.

Before and After includes moving and sometimes shocking accounts of the ways in which adoptees were separated from their first families. Often raised as only children, many have joyfully reunited with siblings in the final decades Read More chevron_right

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   It's Just Meh..........
I was thrilled to find a sequel to Before We Were Yours written by Lisa Wingate. This book was difficult to read and confusing. I almost stopped reading at 30% because I had paid so much for the book, but I decided to keep reading. And I did. I didn't connect the stories she told of the adoptees. It seems like there is not enough time for many stories. It was just meh. I wouldn't recommend it to you. I know I was disappointed.
   Interesting followup to Before we were yours
This could have been a great book, in the hands of better writers. I was interested in learning about some of the real individuals who were stolen from their families, and later found out what the true stories of their adoptions were, and how they affected their lives. The book is a short description of the events leading up to and during the reunion held by the author. I'm happy that the novel was a success, but I'm still waiting for a more in- depth treatment of the real story of the orphans affected.
   Great read about family loss and resilience
A compelling look at lives changed forever by the Tennessee Children's Home Society and its director, Georgia Tann, who used social stigma, manipulation and even kidnapping to acquire babies for adoption. Christie and Wingate tell of the damage and loss inflicted across multiple generations by the Home Society and the subsequent, sometimes conflicting search by many of those families for lost kin and family history. It is a fascinating look at what drives us to seek family connections and history, as well as the power of DNA tests and databases to aid in that search. It's also a story about resilience and grace in the face of loss. It was a great read.
   Essential if you read BEFORE WE WERE YOURS
Before and After by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate gives the real stories of the children that were the inspiration for the book before we were yours. The stories of the children, what happened to them then and where they are now, are interwoven with comments by Christie and Wingate, pictures provided by the families of the now grown children, and a reunion of the children and their families that was organized by Christie and Wingate. The stories are heartbreaking Each of the incidents in the novel had a prototype child. Positive stories and sad stories about Georgia Tann and cruel adoption laws are comforting to hear. If you read before we were yours, it's an essential read. 5 of 5 stars.
   Best I have read in ages!
I like the book. I have always been sad about the stories behind the children's stories. The book is sad but uplifting. I read Before We Were Yours before the book's release. The stories behind the first book blew me away. It's hard to believe that these children were taken away from their mothers. I am very happy that some of the stolen children have been able to meet their birth mothers and families. I will never forget this book because of Judy and Lisa. It's one of the best I' ve read in a while.