Before and After
The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society
by Judy Christie; Lisa Wingate’s
Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine
Pub Date 22 Oct 2019
I am reviewing a copy of Before and After The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society through Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine Books and Netgalley:
In this book we read some of the Poignant True Stories of Victims of Georgia Tann’s adoption Scandal, some of them learning the truth from Lisa Wingate’s novel Before We Were Your’s and we’re reunited with their birth families.
Georgia Tann ran a Black Market Baby business out of The Tennessee Children’s Home in Memphis from the 1920’s to 1950’s. More than 5000 Orphans tailored to the wishlist of Eager parents. She hid the fact that many adds not Orphans at all but they were in fact the stolen sons and daughters of desperate Mothers, poor families, and women in Maternity awards who were told their infant had died.
In June of 2017 Lisa Wingate’s book Before We Were Yours is brand new, Connie Wilson hadn’t yet heard of it, but when she learns of it she downloads it, devouring it in only a weekend. On September.11. 1950 a criminal Investigation into Georgia Tann begins only two months after Connie’s birth. Orphanage funds were cut, and the babies still left in the Orphanage were stuck in Limbo. Having read Lisa Wingate’s book Connie decided to send her a message, telling her of her idea to have a reunion of the victims who are still living, as well as an invitation for Lisa Wingate to do a book signing.
The possibility of a reunion and the schedules shuffle but the story continues, but TCHS adoptees and their families show up through Late Fall, Winter and Spring often carrying with them yellowing letters and documents from old fire folders and sales pitches that Georgia Tann has put together for these children as if they were goods and not children.
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.
If you are looking for a book that deals with the Aftermath of Georgia Tann and the damage she did, I would highly recommend Before and After.
This book is worthy of five out of five stars!