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Style · March 14, 2019

“Community Read” for 2019 based on adoption scandal

The book won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction.
Author Lisa Wingate will read from the book, explain her work and answer questions on Thursday, May 16, in Warrenton.
For its “2019 Fauquier Community Read” book, the county public library has selected a thought-provoking and complex tale of two families, two generations apart, forever changed by a 1930s adoption scandal.

A New York Times bestseller, Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate, won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction.

The Fauquier County Public Library has hundreds of copies — in print, e-book and e-audio formats — available for checkout, along with kits designed for book clubs.

Additionally, the library will place pass-along copies of Before We Were Yours in various locations throughout the county.

“In the spirit of a community read, people are encouraged to pick up the pass-along copies, read it and pass it along to another reader,” library Director Maria Del Rosso explained.

The Community Read will include “An Evening with the Author,” Thursday, May 16, at Highland School’s Rice Theater in Warrenton. Ms. Wingate will read from Before We Were Yours and discuss her process for research and writing.

After a question and answer session, the author will sign copies of the book. Copies of Before We Were Yours will be available for purchase at the event from The Open Book.

The program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is suggested. To register call 540-422-8532 or go to

“We were thrilled with the response to last year’s book, Thunder Dog, and feel confident that the community will find Before We Were Yours equally compelling,” Ms. Del Rosso said. “It’s a poignant story of a family lost and found and the triumph of sibling love.”

Additional programs that address themes raised in Before We Were Yours have been planned for April and May, including book club discussions and genealogy presentations. For more information, visit one of the library’s three branches or click here.
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Cammie Rodgers · March 21, 2019 at 5:55 pm
Book of fiction based on true events is explosive. Beulah George "Georgia" Tann took up 5000 children from the poor, unwed mothers, divorced woman, and sold them for profit, some as low as $7 and some as much as $5000 between 1920 - 1950 when she died before being arrested. She destroyed or falsified the children's records so there isn't a paper trail, only DNA testing might find them their birth families. It is a terrible story of corruption where she was able to get help from a Judge in Tennessee. A must read!
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