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Before and after : the incredible real-life stories of orphans who survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society

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  • 4 of 4 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Hallock Public Library 362.7309 CHR (Text) 35500006259236 Main Available -
Karlstad LINK Site 362.7309 CHR (Text) 35500006470189 Main Available -
Crookston Public Library 362.7309 CHR (Text) 33500013148895 Main Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593130155
  • ISBN: 0593130146
  • ISBN: 9780593130148
  • Physical Description: xiv, 292 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
    print
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "From the 1920s through 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 children of poor families, desperate single mothers, and women told in maternity words that their babies 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 fifteen family stories in this book, many determined survivors set out to trace their roots and find their families. Often raised by older parents as only children, many have joyfully reunited with siblings in the final decades of their lives. Wingate and Christie tell of first meetings that are all the sweeter and more intense for time missed, and of families from very different social backgrounds reaching out to embrace better-late-than-never brothers, sisters, and cousins. In a poignant culmination of art-meets-life, long silent victims of the tragically corrupt system return to Memphis with the authors to reclaim their stories at a Tennessee Children's Home Society reunion . . . with extraordinary results"--
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2
    From the 1920s to the 1950s, Georgia Tann trafficked children through the Tennessee Children's Home Society (TCHS). Tann manipulated and intimidated impoverished parents into handing over their babies to TCHS and even resorted to kidnapping to obtain charges for her unscrupulous business. Many children died from neglect and untreated illnesses under Tann's care. When Wingate's novel Before We Were Yours (2017), inspired by the scandal, was released, something unexpected happened. Survivors of TCHS began to reach out to Wingate, flooding her inbox with messages. The outpouring sparked an idea: a reunion of TCHS survivors. Wingate called upon her journalist friend Christie to document attendees' stories and give voices to Tann's victims. The authors are careful not to exploit the trauma endured by the victims, and the result is ultimately an uplifting exploration of what family truly means. Most of the stories are touching tales of discovering one's true history and reuniting with biological relatives. This title is an excellent companion to Wingate's novel and will surely be a hit on the book club circuit. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Judy Christie is an award-winning journalist and the author of eighteen books of both fiction and nonfiction. A former editor at daily newspapers in Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, and Indiana, she holds a master's degree in literature from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. She and her husband live in rural Colorado.

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the author of numerous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Before We Were Yours, which has sold more than 2.2 million copies. The co-author, with Judy Christie, of the nonfiction book, Before and After, Wingate is a two-time ACFW Carol Award winner, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a Southern Book Prize winner. She lives with her husband in North Texas.

Subject: Tennessee
Family reunification
Corruption
Tennessee Children's Home Society.
TRUE CRIME / Abductions, Kidnappings & Missing Persons
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Adoption & Fostering
Family reunification Tennessee Case studies
Adoption agencies Corrupt practices Tennessee History
Tennessee Children's Home Society Corrupt practices History
Genre: History.
Case studies.
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