The Surprising People-Finder in The Book of Lost Friends

Lisa Wingate uses historical artifacts to craft a story

Melissa Gouty
May 27, 2020 · 7 min read
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…