The Book of Lost Friends (Hardback)Lisa Wingate (author)
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
'A tale of enduring power' - Paula McLain
From the author of the No.1, two million-copy bestseller Before We Were Yours comes a dramatic story of a family separated, their search for answers, and an epic journey to reunite the missing...
Louisiana, 1875: In the tumultuous aftermath of Reconstruction, three young women set off as unwilling companions on a perilous quest. For heiresses Lavinia and Juneau Jane, the journey is one of inheritance and financial desperation, but for Hannie, torn from her mother and siblings before slavery's end, the pilgrimage westward reignites an agonizing question. Could her long-lost family still be out there?
Louisiana, 1987: Arriving in Augustine, Louisiana, first-year teacher Benedetta Silva finds herself teaching students whose poverty-stricken lives she can scarcely comprehend. The town is impossibly set in its ways, suspicious of new ideas and new people. But amid the gnarled live oaks and ancient plantation homes lies the century-old history of three young women, a long-ago journey, and a hidden book that could change everything.
A heart-wrenching novel inspired by little-known historical events, based on actual "Lost Friends" advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones, lost to them when their families were sold off.
''Tragic, thought-provoking but ultimately uplifting . . . an enthralling adventure' Lancashire Evening Post
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 238 x 164 x 42 mm
It is impossible not to get swept up in this near-perfect novel * Huffington Post *
A tale of enduring power * Paula McLain *
An uplifting exploration of what family truly means * Booklist *
Tragic, thought-provoking but ultimately uplifting, this is a sobering history lesson wrapped up in an enthralling adventure * Lancashire Evening Post *
Moving * Daily Mail *
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I have to admit that it took me a little while to get into this novel, but it was well worth the investment of my time! The blending of historical fact with fiction is a Lisa Wingate strong suit. Creating strong,... More
“Absolute must read!”
This book is based on true events in Louisiana and tells the story of Hannie Gossett, an ex-slave in 1875, and Benedetta Silva, a new teacher at a poverty-ridden school in 1987.
In newspapers after the American Civil... More
“You NEED to read this book.”
"The Book of Lost Friends" is a powerful and gut-wrenching story that is beautifully written. Almost every chapter tore a little bit of my heart, while the ending glued it back together and then tore a... More
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