Book Review for ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline

ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline
William Morrow
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There is nothing about this book that I didn't like. The writing was expressive, beautifully intricate, and simply impeccable. The story opens the reader up to the world of two girls and the similarities they both share even though they are lives are lived decades apart. For me, reading about the past in parallel with the present only enriched the story. I loved going back into Vivian's memory just as much as Molly did. The richness of this tale and the realism brought to the characters made this book sensational. This is historical fiction at its best.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book:

The author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers 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.

The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, 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 is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

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About the Author: Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels. She lives out-side of New York City and on the coast of Maine. Find out more about Kline at her website, connect with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

Book Details:

Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061950726
ISBN-13: 978-0061950728