Janet Hurlbert will speak about Lisa Wingates “Before We Were Yours” and “Before and after” by Wingate and Judy Christie at the March 4 book review.
“Before We Were Yours” is a historical novel based on the victimization of children by Georgia Tan, who ran the Children’s Home Society in Memphis, Tennessee from 1924 to 1950. She placed over 5,000 children for adoption. The characters in the book experience many of Tan’s evils – kidnapping, misrepresentation, and physical and sexual abuse. “Before We Were Yours” contains the real-life stories of the children who survived their adoption places.
“Before We Were Yours” spent 54 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, won the Southern Book Prize, and was selected as a selection for All Arkansas Read.
Hurlbert is Professor Emeritus of Library Services at Lycoming College. She is one of the founders of the Lycoming County Women’s History Project and a contributor to the Lycoming County Women’s column in the Sun-Gazette. Hurlbert chose these compelling books because the experiences are both haunting and heartbreaking, but also a testament to resilience and family bonding. The author has a great gift for telling stories.
Review begins at 12:15 p.m. in the Lowry Room of the Welch Family Wing of the James V. Brown Library with Q&A from 12:45 p.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are required due to space limitations. Please call the library at 570-326-0536 or use the library’s online reservation calendar (calendar.jvbrown.edu) before 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2nd. Parking is available in the public lot off Market Street next to the Welch Wing.