The Winfield Public Library Bookn’ with Friends Book Club will host a discussion on the book “Before We Were Yours,” by Lisa Wingate at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30, at the library, 605 College St. All are invited to attend and participate. Copies of “Before We Were Yours” are currently available for checkout at the library — simply ask at the circulation desk.  

“Before We Were Yours” is a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller as well as the 2017 Best Historical Fiction Goodreads Choice Award winner. This historical fiction book is based on one of America’s most heartbreaking real-life scandals involving the kidnapping and selling of poor children to wealthy families by Georgia Tann from approximately 1924 through 1950. The book travels between two times periods and settings — 1939 Memphis and present day South Carolina.  

In 1939, Rill Foss and her four siblings are kidnapped when her father leaves Rill in charge as he rushes their mother to the hospital. Thrown into an orphanage, the children are at the mercy of the facility’s callous director. Rill fights to keep her siblings safe and together.  

Woven through Rill’s story is the narrative of Avery Stafford set in present day South Carolina. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery is a federal prosecutor. When Avery comes home to help her father, a chance encounter with an older woman leads Avery to question her family’s history.  

The Friends of the Winfield Public Library supports library activities such as the Summer Reading Program and the Discovery exhibits. 

For information on this or any of WPL’s other programs, visit or call (620) 221-4470.

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