Fauquier County Public Library

Fauquier Community Read


Welcome to Fauquier Community Read 2019

Fauquier County Public Library proudly presents Fauquier Community Read. Community Reads across the country engage and enlighten citizens, foster a sense of community and create a culture of community-wide reading.

Our 2019 selection is Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.  The selection committee, comprised of community volunteers and library staff members, chose Before We Were Yours for its broad appeal and compelling, ultimately uplifting story.

Fauquier Community Read is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Fauquier Library, Fauquier Library Board of Trustees, the Nicolaas and Patricia Kortlandt Fund at the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation and our community partners.

Join us for the Fauquier Community Read finale! Lisa Wingate, New York Times best-selling author, will read from Before We Were Yours, discuss her work and her process for researching and writing.  Q&A and book signing to follow. Copies of Before We Were Yours will be available for sale from The Open Book.

Thursday, May 16 ~ 7 p.m.
Rice Theater, Highland School
597 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton

Registration for An Evening with Lisa Wingate is now closed. Call 540-422-8532 if you have questions or would like additional information.

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About the Book

Two young girls sitting looking out over water. Book Cover of Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours is a riveting story of two families, generations apart, that are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice. 

New York Times best-selling author Lisa Wingate draws inspiration from the real-life 1930s scandal of a Memphis-based adoption agency that kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country.

Wingate has written over 30 novels and been nominated for numerous awards. Before We Were Yours was on the New York Times best-seller list for over a year and voted the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction.


Sample Discussion Questions

1. Many families have been touched in some way by adoption and foster care. Is adoption or foster care in your family history? If so, how did that affect your thoughts about the journey of the Foss children and about Avery’s excavation of her family history?

2. May says, “A woman’s past need not predict her future. She can dance to her own music if she chooses.” How has your past made you who you are? What do you want to leave behind? What helps you find balance in your life?

3. What can we as ordinary citizens do to prevent children from being robbed of safe, happy childhoods? What can society do to prevent people like Georgia Tann from taking advantage of the most helpless and vulnerable among us?

4. How did Avery grow as a result of her discoveries about the family’s past? How did it change her view of herself and her family’s expectations for her? Did your family have expectations for you that you didn’t agree with?

5. Avery struggles to come to terms with Grandma Judy’s dementia. Her family wrestles with difficult choices about Grandma Judy’s care. Has memory loss and elder care affected your family? What issues did it cause and how did you deal with them?

6. This novel has garnered worldwide interest in the publishing industry and is being translated for publication in at least fourteen countries. Why do you think the story drew international attention? What themes in it are universal?

(Questions issued by publisher)

Additional Before We Were Yours Discussion Questions are available.