Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train (PDF) by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful historical-fiction novel. It is most noteworthy for its inspiring story of upheaval and resilience, and unexpected friendship. It also pictures the questions on the secrets we carry that seems like keeping us from finding out who we are.
Cover and Details of Orphan Train (pdf)
- Title: Orphan Train
- Author: Christina Baker Kline
- Publisher: William Morrow
- Date Published: April 2, 2013
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061950726
- ISBN-13: 978-0061950728
Summary of the Book
The bestselling novel Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America’s past and it includes a special PS section for book clubs featuring insights, interviews, and more.
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…
While helping Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly finally 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.
The richness in detail and the depth of its scope has made Orphan Train 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.
Reviews of Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train
“A compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage…With compassion and delicacy Kline presents a little-known chapter of American history and draws comparisons with the modern-day foster care system.” (Library Journal)
“In ORPHAN TRAIN, Christina Baker Kline seamlessly knits together the past and present of two women, one young and one old. Kline reminds us that we never really lose anyone or anything or–perhaps most importantly–ourselves.” (Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle)
“I loved this book: its absorbing back-and-forth story, its vivid history, its eminently loveable characters. ORPHAN TRAIN wrecked my heart and made me glad to be literate.” (Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys)
“One of the most powerful novels I’ve ever read…I am compelling all of you, even begging you, to make this novel your next read. You’ll be talking about it for years to come!” (Naples Daily News (FL))
“A gem.” (Huffington Post)
“Absorbing…a heartfelt page-turner about two women finding a sense of home…Kline lets us live the characters’ experiences vividly through their skin…The growth from instinct to conscious understanding to partnership between the two is the foundation for a moving tale.” (Publishers Weekly)
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