Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society

Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society Review

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 of their lives. Christie and Wingate 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 meeting life, many of the 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.

Title:Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society
Edition Language:English

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  • Angela M

    I was so taken with Lisa Wingate’s moving novel Before We Were Yours, so I was definitely drawn to reading this nonfiction account . It focuses on real life stories of some adults who were victims o...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    ***NOW AVAILABLE***This is the follow up non fiction book to “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. I would recommend that if you haven’t read that novel you investigate the story of the Tenne...

  • Debra

    " How does someone choose to prey on the most vulnerable? Go against all the instincts we have to protect children and market them like products? How does a community turn a blind eye?" What happens ...

  • Paige

    Wow, this what I like to call a good “coffee table” book. It’s one of those books to have sitting on your coffee table that you can pick up and use as a conversation starter. This is the nonfict...

  • Carol

    "Parents were permitted to return a child like a piece of clothing that did not fit." BEFORE AND AFTER is a real life sequel to BEFORE WE WERE YOURS as Julie Christie teams up with Lisa Wingate to br...

  • Pauline

    Before and After by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate is a non fiction follow up to Before We were Yours by Lisa Wingate.The story of illegal adoptions and stolen children and the heartbreaking accounts ...

  • Carol

    Busy, and rushed with deadlines, Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate's Before and After felt a bit disjointed. Their hearts were in the right place and many fans of Wingate's Before We Were Yours including...

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    Oh my where do I even start on this review.First did you all read Wingates fiction book Before We Were Yours? If you answered NO you need to go get a copy of it and read it first.Now on to the real li...

  • ? Sandi ?

    4.5 stars Such a heartbreaking book. The non-fiction story behind the fictional book Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. Same author, beside a co-writer, who follows up on the true story behind the ...

  • Deanne Patterson

    The nonfiction follow up to Lisa Wingate's wildly popular "Before We Were Yours" .Lisa's book started the ball rolling in reuniting a lot of people with their families and it's still continuing today....