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The book of lost friends : a novel

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First edition.

"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a new novel inspired by little-known historical events: a dramatic story of three young women on a journey in search of family amidst the destruction of the post-Civil War South,and of a modern-day teacher who rediscovers their story and its vital connection to her own students' lives. In her distinctive voice, Lisa Wingate brings to life startling stories from actual "Lost Friends" advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold off. Louisiana, 1875: In the tumultuous aftermath of Reconstruction, three young women set off as unwilling companions on a perilous quest: Lavinia, the pampered heir to a now-destitute plantation; Juneau Jane, her illegitimate free-born Creole half-sister; and Hannie, Lavinia's former slave. Each carries private wounds and powerful secrets as they head for Texas, following dangerous roads rife with ruthless vigilantes and soldiers still fighting a war lost a decade before. For Lavinia and Juneau Jane, the journey is one of inheritance and financial desperation, but for Hannie, torn from her mother and eight siblings before slavery's end, the pilgrimage westward reignites an agonizing question: Could her long-lost family still be out there? Beyond the swamps lie the seemingly limitless frontiers of Texas and, improbably, hope. Louisiana, 1987: For first-year teacher Benedetta Silva, a subsidized job at a poorrural school seems like the ticket to canceling her hefty student debt--until she lands in a tiny, out-of-step Mississippi River town. Augustine, Louisiana, seems suspicious of new ideas and new people, and Benny can scarcely comprehend the lives of her poverty-stricken students. But amid the gnarled live oaks and run-down plantation homes lies the century-old history of three young women, a long-ago journey, and a hidden book that could change everything"--

Available copies

  • 28 of 60 copies available at Westchester Library System.

Current holds

15 current holds with 60 total copies.

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Book 1 CD Audiobook 1 Large Print Book 1 English 3 All formats and editions 3
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Ardsley Public Library FICTION WINGATE (Text)
New Book
31000151251561
Checked out
01/26/2021
Bedford Free Library FIC WIN (Text)
Fiction
31002150828506
Checked out
01/06/2021
Briarcliff Manor Public Library FICTION WINGATE (Text)
New Fiction
31036150931753
Available
-
Bronxville Public Library FICTION WINGATE (Text)
Fiction
31004151703571
Available
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Bronxville Public Library FICTION WINGATE (Text)
Express Item
31004151703589
Checked out
01/22/2021
Chappaqua Library FICTION WINGATE (Text)
New Fiction
31005153631629
On holds shelf
-
Chappaqua Library FICTION WINGATE (Text)
New Fiction
31005500424298
Available
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Chappaqua Library FICTION WINGATE (Text)
New Fiction
31005500425311
On holds shelf
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Croton Free Library FICTION/WINGATE (Text)
New Fiction
31006151786019
Checked out
01/21/2021
Croton Free Library FICTION/WINGATE (Text)
New Fiction
31006151786027
On holds shelf
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