The Book of Lost Friends (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
The Book of Lost Friends - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:Lisa Wingate, Sophie Amoss (Narrator), Bahni Turpin (Narrator) The dramatic story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives. — Author Lisa Wingate brings to life startling stories from actual “Lost Friends” advertisements that ... more »appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as newly freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold away.
Louisiana, 1875: In the tumultuous era of Reconstruction, three young women set off as unwilling companions on a perilous quest: Hannie, a freed slave; Lavinia, the pampered heir to a now destitute plantation; and Juneau Jane, Lavinia’s Creole half sister. Each carries private wounds and powerful secrets as they head for Texas, following roads rife with vigilantes and soldiers still fighting a war lost a decade before.
For Lavinia and Juneau Jane, the journey is one of stolen inheritance and financial desperation, but for Hannie, torn from her mother and siblings before slavery’s end, the pilgrimage west reignites an agonizing question: Could her long-lost family still be out there? Beyond the swamps lie the limitless frontiers of Texas and, improbably, hope.
Louisiana, 1987: For first-year teacher Benedetta Silva, a subsidized job at a poor rural 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, is 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 lie the century-old history of three young women, a long-ago journey, and a hidden book that could change everything.
Read by Sophie Amoss and Bahni Turpin; with Lisa Flanagan, Dominic Hoffman, Sullivan Jones, Robin Miles, and Lisa Wingate. 12 audio disc (15 hours)« less
The "lost friends" of The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate is a historical reference to loved ones and friends lost to slavery. This quiet book pulls me and does not let go even after the last page. I turn the page looking for more of what happens to Hannie. Most of all, I appreciate this book for the sad history it introduces me to. The challenge and struggle of that history continue on.
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