Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Orphan Train by Kline

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Put this one on your summer reading list.  This is a really good story basically of a woman's life that is now 91 years old so it goes back into the Depression and takes you through history.  I was fascinated by the orphan train because I had never heard of them.  It was appalling to me how easy it was to adopt back then, but at the same time, I couldn't help but think I'd probably have a child if it were that easy today!!  Turns out one of the guys Kevin works with at the golf course - his grandfather was on an actual orphan train.  Anyway, it is a really good story of a girls life that goes to show the things that happen to us in life - both good and bad - make us who we are and those things added together are our story.  Everyone has a story.
 
Summary:
Orphan Train is a gripping story of friendship and second chances from Christina Baker Kline, author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be.
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...
As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.
Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

1 comment:

Vader's Mom said...

I have it now and I'm ready to read it on my trip!