Before We Were Yours
A NoveleBook - 2017
From Library Staff
May 2019 Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge--until strangers arrive in force. Thrown in... Read More »
Come to Independence Regional Library on October 3, 2018 at noon to discuss this “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.” In Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical... Read More »
Discussed January 2019. This was an easy success. The book is a quick read and everyone enjoyed bringing the characters around to modern day. Also multi-level discussion due to the real life story of the Tennessee Children's Home Society (Memphis Branch) that devastated families in Tennessee.
CMLibrary_sally Jan 02, 2019
I loved this book even though I do not like time flipping between chapters. Wingate relates a sad story to a very positive outcome. You will be guessing the exact details until the end.
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"No matter how much we may love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one, we must dance within the music of today, or we will always be out of step, stumbling around in something that doesn't suit the moment."
“The argument ends where all arguments do—on the altar of compromise.” - p. 255
“I learned that you need not be born into a family to be loved by one.” - p. 314
“A woman’s past need not predict her future. She can dance to new music if she
chooses. Her own music. - p. 317
I clench my teeth so hard the pain travels all the way to the top of my head. I'm glad for it - it's just a little ache and I know where it comes from. I can stop it anytime I want. The one in my heart is way bigger. I can't fix it no matter how hard I try. It scares me so much that I can't even breathe.
"…the love of sisters needs no words. It does not depend on memories, or mementos or proof. It runs as deep as a heartbeat; it is as ever present as a pulse.
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