The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel
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The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel  -     By: Lisa Wingate

The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel

Ballantine Books / 2021 / Paperback

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Inspired by actual post-Civil War advertisements attempting to reunite friends and loved ones, Wingate's novel follows three young women on a perilous trek from Louisiana to Texas in search of inheritance and family. Picking up the saga a century later, will first-year teacher Benedetta Silva succeed in drawing connections between their legacy and her poverty-stricken students? 416 pages, softcover from Ballantine.

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Title: The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel
By: Lisa Wingate
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2021
Dimensions: 8 X 5.19 (inches)
Weight: 11 ounces
ISBN: 1984819909
ISBN-13: 9781984819901
Stock No: WW819902

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a dramatic historical novel 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.

"An absorbing historical . . . enthralling."—Library Journal


Bestselling author Lisa Wingate brings to life startling stories from actual "Lost Friends" advertisements that 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.

Author Bio

Lisa Wingate is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Before We Were Yours. She is the author of over thirty novels and a nonfiction book, Before and After, co-authored with Judy Christie. Her award-winning works have been selected for state and community One Book reads throughout the country, have been published in more than forty languages, and have appeared on bestseller lists worldwide. She lives with her husband in North Texas.

Editorial Reviews

"Wingate makes history come alive. . . . Historical fiction fans will appreciate the authentic articles and the connection between modern times and the past, while adventure lovers will enjoy a voyage reminiscent of Huckleberry Finn."Booklist
 
"Wingate brings to life a new and exciting historical drama."Deep South magazine
 
"[A] wonderful novel . . . a story that is heartbreaking and full of grief but also joy and optimism. It’s a perfect excuse to curl up on the couch and read."Bookreporter

"This is what I love most about historical fiction, the chance to learn things we unfortunately aren’t taught in schools."—All About Romance

"Emphasizing throughout that stories matter and should never go untold, Wingate has written an absorbing historical for many readers. . . . Enthralling and ultimately heartening."—Library Journal

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