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Un roman poignant sur l'amour fraternel et le poids des secrets trop longtemps gardés.
Peu importe les chemins empruntés, le coeur se souvient toujours d'où l'on vient.
Memphis, 1939. Par une nuit pluvieuse, Rill Foss, douze ans, et ses quatre frère et sœurs sont enlevés par des inconnus. Emmenés loin de la péniche familiale et des bords du Mississippi, jetés dans un orphelinat, les enfants réalisent bien vite qu'ils ne reverront plus leurs parents. La mystérieuse Société des foyers d'accueil du Tennessee vient de sceller leur sort à tout jamais.
Caroline du Sud, de nos jours. Avery Stafford, jeune avocate épanouie à qui tout semble sourire, est de retour dans la ville de son enfance. Lors d'une visite à sa grand-mère, cette dernière tient un discours étrange qui remet en cause toutes ses certitudes. Quelle est vraiment l'histoire de sa famille ? D'où vient-elle ? Troublée, Avery commence à enquêter...
" L'un des meilleurs livres de l'année. À ne pas manquer. "
The Huffington Post
Un des best-sellers de 2017 selon
The New York Times.
La quête bouleversante de trois jeunes filles que tout sépare dans le sud des États-Unis ravagé par la guerre de Sécession.
Louisiane, 1875 : Hannie, ancienne esclave, se retrouve malgré elle à faire la route avec Lavinia, son ancienne maîtresse, héritière ruinée d'une plantation, et Juneau Jane, la demi-sœur de Lavinia, fille d'une célèbre courtisane de La Nouvelle-Orléans. Chacune cherche le même homme, mais pour des raisons différentes. C'est au péril de leur vie qu'elles se lancent dans une épopée dangereuse à travers les États du Sud. Au bout du chemin, Hannie nourrit le secret espoir de retrouver les membres de sa famille dont elle a été séparée avant la fin de l'esclavage.
Louisiane, 1987 : Pour Benedetta Silva, devenir professeure dans un collège rural semble la meilleure idée pour rembourser ses prêts étudiants. Mais les habitants de la ville d'Augustine se méfient des intrus et Benny peine à trouver sa place.
Les Chemins de la liberté dévoile des événements historiques méconnus : après la guerre de Sécession, les anciens esclaves ont fait paraître des avis de recherche dans les journaux des États du Sud pour retrouver les membres de leur famille.
The incredible and heart-breaking true stories of victims of a notorious adoption scandal - inspired by No.1 bestselling novel Before We Were Yours
From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a corrupt 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.
In Before and After, many survivors set out to trace their roots and find their birth families. Before and AFter includes moving and 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. There are stories 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 brothers, sisters, and cousins.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BEFORE AND AFTER
'What a truly amazing book' *****
'Captivating and emotional' *****
'A real tear-jerker' *****
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
'A tale of enduring power' Paula McLain
From the author of the No.1, two million-copy bestseller Before We Were Yours comes a dramatic story of a family separated, their search for answers, and an epic journey to reunite the missing . . .
Louisiana, 1875: In the tumultuous aftermath of Reconstruction, three young women set off as unwilling companions on a perilous quest. For heiresses Lavinia and Juneau Jane, the journey is one of inheritance and financial desperation, but for Hannie, torn from her mother and siblings before slavery's end, the pilgrimage westward reignites an agonizing question. Could her long-lost family still be out there?
Louisiana, 1987: Arriving in Augustine, Louisiana, first-year teacher Benedetta Silva finds herself teaching students whose poverty-stricken lives she can scarcely comprehend. The town is impossibly set in its ways, suspicious of new ideas and new people. But amid the gnarled live oaks and ancient plantation homes lies the century-old history of three young women, a long-ago journey, and a hidden book that could change everything.
A heart-wrenching novel inspired by little-known historical events, based on actual "Lost Friends" advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones, lost to them when their families were sold off.
'Tragic, thought-provoking but ultimately uplifting . . . an enthralling adventure' Lancashire Evening Post
At thirty-four, congressional staffer Mallory Hale is about to embark on an adventure completely off the map. After a whirlwind romance, she is hopelessly in love with two men--fortunately, they're related. Daniel Everson and his little boy, Nick, are a package deal, and Mallory suddenly can't imagine her future without them.
Mallory couldn't be more shocked when Daniel asks her to marry him, move to Texas, and form a family with him and motherless Nick. The idea is both thrilling and terrifying.
Mallory takes a leap of faith and begins a sweet, mishap-filled journey into ranch living, Moses Lake society, and a marriage that at times reminds her of the mail-order-bride stories. But despite the wild adventure of her new life, she discovers secrets and questions beneath her rosy new life. Can she find answers on Firefly Island, a little chunk of property just off the lakeshore, where mysterious lights glisten at night?
“Poignant, engrossing.”—People • “Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.”—Paula McLain
Look for Lisa Wingate’s powerful new historical novel, The Book of Lost Friends, available now!
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. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.
Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.
Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.
Publishers Weekly’s #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017 • Winner of the Southern Book Prize • If All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection
This edition includes a new essay by the author about shantyboat life.
When Kate Bowman temporarily moves to her grandmother’s Missouri farm with her husband and baby son, she learns that the lessons that most enrich our lives often come unexpectedly. The family has given Kate the job of convincing Grandma Rose, who’s become increasingly stubborn and forgetful, to move off her beloved land and into a nursing home. But Kate knows such a change would break her grandmother’s heart.
Just when Kate despairs of finding answers, she discovers her grandma’s journal. A beautiful handmade notebook, it is full of stories that celebrate the importance of family, friendship, and faith. Stories that make Kate see her life—and her grandmother—in a completely new way....
A heartbreaking story of love and loss, based on a true story
OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD | THE NO.1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | WINNER OF GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS BEST HISTORICAL FICTION AWARD
Memphis, Tennessee, 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. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth...
Aiken, South Carolina, present day
Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.
Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals, in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country, Before We Were Yours is a riveting, wrenching and ultimately uplifting global bestseller.
'A tale of enduring power' Paula McLain
'It is impossible not to get swept up in this near-perfect novel' Huffington Post
Der bewegende SPIEGEL-Bestseller, inspiriert von einer wahren Geschichte.
Für Avery hat das Leben keine Geheimnisse. Bis sie auf May trifft. Die 90-Jährige erkennt ihr Libellenarmband, ein Erbstück, und besitzt auch ein Foto von Averys Großmutter. Was hat diese Frau mit ihrer Familie zu tun? Bald stößt Avery auf ein Geheimnis, das sie zurück in ein dunkles Kapitel der Geschichte führt … Memphis, 1939: Die junge Rill lebt mit ihren Eltern und Geschwistern in einem Hausboot auf dem Mississippi. Als die Kinder eines Tages allein sind, werden sie in ein Waisenhaus verschleppt. Rill hat ihren Eltern versprochen, auf ihre Geschwister aufzupassen. Ein Versprechen, das sie nicht brechen will, ihr aber mehr abverlangt, als sie geben kann …
Karen Sommerfield has been hiding from the big questions of her life—the emotional distance in her marriage, her inability to have children, and her bout with cancer. Getting lost in her high-powered career provides the sense of purpose she yearns for. Until the day she’s downsized out of her job and the doctor tells her the cancer may be back. It’s a double blow that would send anyone reeling.
It sends Karen to Grandma Rose’s old farm, where her sister has made a seemingly perfect life. Opening herself to the unexpected, Karen finds a lonely child in need of nurturing and insights into her family’s past. In the quiet of the Missouri Ozarks, where the sycamore leaves whisper their soft, secret language, she begins to discover answers—and a joy to make her life complete.
Twenty-year-old Jenilee Lane, whose dreams are as narrow as the sky is wide, doesn’t imagine any good could come out of the tornado that has ripped across the Missouri farmland where she makes her home. But some inner spark compels her to take action. To rescue her elderly neighbor Eudora Gibson from the cellar in which she’s been trapped. To make her way to the nearby town of Poetry, where the townspeople have begun to gather in the only building left standing. To collect from the devastated landscape fragments of life that lie strewn about in the tornado’s wake: letters, photographs, and mementos that might mean something to people who have lost everything.
Eudora Gibson didn’t think Jenilee had it in her. But the girl she’s hardly noticed for years is now surprising her—stepping forward with a bravery that inspires Eudora to face her own bitter past. Brought close by tragedy, the two will learn lessons about the resilience of the human spirit and the ties that make a community strong. And together, they will travel to a place that once lay beyond their dreams.
All her life, Epiphany Salerno has been tossed like a dandelion seed on the wind. Now, at sixteen, she must move to the low-rent side of Blue Sky Hill and work where she's not wanted: in an upscale home on The Hill.
J. Norman Alvord's daughter has hired a teenager to stay with him in the afternoons. Widowed and suffering from heart trouble, Norman wants to be left alone. But in Epie's presence, Norman discovers a mystery. Deep in his mind lie memories of another house, another life, and a woman who saved him.
As summer comes to Blue Sky Hill, two residents from different worlds will journey through a turbulent past, and find that with an unexpected road trip through sleepy Southern towns comes life-changing friendship...and clues to a family secret hidden for a lifetime.
Winner of the 2012 Carol Award for Women's Fiction from the American Christian Fiction Writers