The Chetek Area Book Club’s November selection is “Before We Were Yours,” by Lisa Wingate, who earned the Southern Book Prize for this chilling, yet ultimately uplifting, novel.

The Chetek Area Book Club will meet for an approximately hour-long discussion of “Before We Were Yours” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Calhoun Memorial Library, 321 Moore St.

On the New York Times Best Seller list for a year, “Before We Were Yours” found its inspiration in the mid-1900s scandal surrounding social worker Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption agency. Tann took advantage of poor parents by tricking them into surrendering their children or stealing them outright to sell to wealthy clients.   

Wingate, a prolific writer and consummate storyteller, uses alternating narrators to tell the shocking story of the Stafford and Foss families. Their stories intersect during Sen. Stafford’s photo op at a local nursing home. The senator’s daughter, Avery, who accompanies her father to the nursing home, accidentally encounters a seemingly delusional woman who calls her “Fern” and removes Avery’s dragonfly bracelet from her arm. Since Avery’s own grandmother is currently in a nursing home suffering from dementia, she feels empathy for this woman and seeks her out when she returns to the nursing home to reclaim her bracelet.

No fees or commitments are required to join the Chetek Area Book Club.

For more information, call Debbie Skozek at 815-861-9141.

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