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The Girls We Sent Away Meagan Church

Thursday, March 07, 2024 • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST


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Join us to welcome North Carolina author Meagan Church, who hails from Matthews, North Carolina and will be hitting the road for her second novel (following this year's The Last Carolina Girl)THE GIRLS WE SENT AWAY and will be at The Country Bookshop on March 7.

About the book:

THE GIRLS WE SENT AWAY is the story of a darling girl-next-door whose future is called into question when she becomes pregnant out of wedlock and is banished to a home for wayward girls. Atmospheric, moving, and an absolute tear-jerker, THE GIRLS WE SENT AWAY honors the countless real women who lost everything in the Baby Scoop Era of the 1960s.

Praise for Meagan Church

The Girls We Sent Away

"Readers will be entranced as author Meagan Church steadily peels away the veneer of the era, revealing the dark underbelly of a secretive and unforgiving society." ―Tracey Enerson Wood, internationally bestselling author of The Engineer’s Wife and The War Nurse

"Heartbreaking and heart stopping, The Girls We Sent Away is a beautiful exploration of what it means to be human and how resilient the human spirit is.” ―Leslie Hooton, award-winning author of The Secret of Rainy Days and After Everyone Else

"Meagan Church paints a harrowing picture of one woman's experience during the Baby Scoop Era. Timely and emotional." ―Laura Barrow, author of Call the Canaries Home

"An important and vital story. With exquisite writing, Church exposes a murky little pocket of history, and a reprehensible practice that surely had a generational impact on families.” ―Donna Everhart, USA Today bestselling author of The Saints of Swallow Hill

The Last Carolina Girl

"[A] stirring debut... highlighting the true meaning of family." Shelf Awareness STARRED review

"A dynamic and wrenching tale of family secrets and eugenics. This author is off to a strong start." Publishers Weekly

"Shine a light on a part of American history that deserves to be better understood." Booklist

"Church is electric…Unforgettable, this a powerful debut to savor." ―Kim Michele Richardson, New York Times bestselling author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

"Meagan Church has written a compelling and aching debut." ―Leah Weiss, bestselling author of If the Creek Don't Rise and All the Little Hopes

"Lyrical and atmospheric, a true masterpiece of Southern fiction…a must-read." ―Joy Callaway, international bestselling author of The Grand Design

"Both humbling and inspiring… a breathtaking read. ―Lo Patrick, author of The Floating Girls

"Leah Payne and her indefatigable spirit will break your heart and put it back together again. I tore through this haunting and emotional story." ―Erika Montgomery, author of A Summer to Remember

"Fans of Where the Crawdads Sing and Before We Were Yours will find much to love in this evocative and thought-provoking debut." ―Kim Wright, author of Last Ride to Graceland

"Piercing…depicts one of the most disgraceful episodes in American medical history: forced sterilization…powerful and thought-provoking." ―Kimmery Martin, author of Doctors and Friends

Venue Information

The Country Bookshop
140 NW Broad St
Southern Pines, NC 28387

Organizer Information

The Country Bookshop

140 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
(910) 692-3211

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