Title: Before and After: Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society Review
Author: Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate
Type: Non-Fiction, History
When I read Before We Were Yours while incredibly sad, I loved it. When I make the recommendation that people should read it, I’m often met with “I can’t read anything where children are harmed.” I understand. I struggle with this too. Many people told me that Before We Were Yours broke them. As mother, it certainly made me hug my children extra tight.
In regards to Before We Were Yours, I often say, “Yeah, this story this sad and this story is hard to read but this happened and these children deserve to have their story told”
I was excited to read this novel because it went deeper. I was able to read about real stories as a result of Georgia Tann and TCHS. Many people read Wingate’s novel and were survives of TCHS. They related to the story and wanted to share how TCHS and Georgia Tann impacted their lives. If it wasn’t survivors of TCHS then it was the children of those survives, who wanted to know family history. I painful reminder of how the decisions of Georgia Tann will impact generations to come.
I enjoyed reading about their stories, oftentimes, the adoptees felt sad about missing out on relationships with siblings or half siblings but grateful for the life they did live. I highly recommend this one if you have read Before We Were Yours.