The Surprising People-Finder in The Book of Lost Friends

Lisa Wingate uses historical artifacts to craft a story

Melissa Gouty
Literature Lust
Published in
7 min readMay 27, 2020

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Freed slaves search for friends and family after the Civil War using the Lost Friends column of the Southwestern Christian Advocate. Photo: Shutterstock

1875: Ten years after the Civil War

Imagine yourself smack-dab in 1875. You travel by horseback, on foot, or in wagons. No radio. No television. No internet. No social media. The telephone, just introduced four years ago, is in…

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Melissa Gouty
Literature Lust

Writer, teacher, speaker, and observer of human nature. Content for HVAC & Plumbing Businesses. Author of The Magic of Ordinary. LiteratureLust and GardenGlory.