Author Event: Meagan Church
Page 158 Books is excited to welcome author Meagan Church back to the store for the release of her book, The Girls We Sent Away, out March 5th.
A charged novel set against the forgotten Baby Scoop Era of the 1960s following one southern girl and her fight against a system that’s determined to take her child away from her.
North Carolina, 1960s. Lorraine has it all—the boyfriend, the good grades, the white picket fence, the ambition to become the first woman astronaut. But when she—the darling girl-next-door—becomes pregnant, she learns that love is conditional and ambition has its limits.
In an effort to hide their daughter’s secret shame, her parents send her away to a maternity home—a common solution for “wayward” girls during that time period. Lorraine soon realizes that instead of being a safe haven, the home forces unwed mothers to relinquish parental rights and place their babies for adoption. Lorraine must decide if she has the agency and power to fight to keep her baby or if she must submit to the rules of the society she once admired.
Set in the Baby Scoop Era, The Girls We Sent Away juxtaposes the breakthrough technologies of the Race to Space with the societal realities that kept women grounded.
After receiving a degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Indiana University, MEAGAN CHURCH built a career as a storyteller and freelance writer for brands, blogs and organizations. Her fiction focuses on overlooked and oppressed women’s voices from the past. A Midwesterner by birth, she now lives in North Carolina with her high school sweetheart, three children and a plethora of pets.