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Literary Circle July 2018

On July 16, at 10:00 the Deercreek Literary Circle will meet at the home of Cary Flynn to discuss Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.


Two families generations apart, are forever changed by heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story.

Memphis, 1939. Twelve year old Rill Foss and her 4 younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shanty boat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge-until strangers arrive and the children are thrown into the Children’s Home Society orphanage. The Foss children are assured they will soon be returned to their parents-but quickly realizes the truth is much darker.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stanford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. When Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, she takes a journey through her family’s long hidden history.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals, in which the director of a Memphis based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country.

The Deercreek Literary Circle meets every 3rd Monday at 10:00 in the homes of participants.

If you are interested in more information, notify Mary Louise Selzer,, or 904-613-6147.