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Orphan Train : A Novel - Christina Baker Kline

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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.

About the Author

Christina Baker Kline was born in England and raised in Maine. She is the author of six novels, including The Way Life Should Be and the runaway bestseller Orphan Train. Writer-in-residence at Fordham University from 2007–2011, Kline is a recent recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship and several research fellowships to Ireland and Minnesota. She lives outside of New York City, and spends as much time as possible in Northern Minnesota and on the coast of Maine.

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5.0

Wonderful read

By Suzi Q

from Melbourne, AU

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Older Readers
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    Comments about Orphan Train:

    This was a captivating story that also showed an interesting time in history. You can't help but feel the highs and lows of the characters through their journey of life.

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    5.0

    Surprise beginning and end. Suspense !

    By I don't have a nickname

    from Rural Sydney

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Suspenseful
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Some Very Sad Chapters

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    • I Was Moved To Tears
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    The best service possible. Even in the middle of moving they fulfilled their promise.

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    5.0

    beautiful story

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          an easy to read story

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          "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 "Kline draws a dramatic, emotional story from a neglected corner of American history." -- Kirkus Reviews "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 "I was so moved by this book. I loved Molly and Vivian, two brave, difficult, true-hearted women who disrupt one another's lives in beautiful ways, and loved journeying with them, through heartbreak and stretches of history I'd never known existed, out of loneliness toward family and home." -- Marisa de los Santos, New York Times-bestselling author of Belong to Me and Falling Together "A lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of American history. Beautiful." -- Ann Packer, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dive from Clausen's Pier and Swim Back to Me "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 "Christina Baker Kline writes exquisitely about two unlikely friends ... each struggling to transcend a past of isolation and hardship. ORPHAN TRAIN will hold you in its grip as their fascinating tales unfold." -- Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times-bestselling author of The Painted Girls "Christina Baker Kline's latest wonder, ORPHAN TRAIN, makes for compulsive reading...Meticulously researched and yet full of the breath of life, Kline's novel takes us on an historical journey where survival depends upon one's own steely backbone, and the miracle of a large and generous heart." -- Helen Schulman, New York Times-bestselling author of This Beautiful Life "A poignant and memorable story of two steadfast, courageous women...A revelation of the universal yearing for belonging, for family, for acceptance and, ultimately, the journeys we must all make to find them." -- Kathleen Kent, New York Times-bestselling author of The Heretic's Daughter and The Traitor's Wife "Reminiscent of Elizabeth Strout's Amy and Isabel, this Orphan Train carries us along until the stories of these two women become one." -- Mary Morris, author of, most recently, Revenge "This superbly composed novel tells two parallel stories of suffering and perseverance, capturing the heart and mind equally and remaining mesmerizing through the intensely heart-wrenching conclusion." -- Romantic Times, Top Pick "The intertwined stories in this novel will surely please those looking for a compelling new read." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer "One of the most intriguing, tender novels of 2013...This is a warm, satisfying, and inspirational story." -- The New Maine Times Book Review

          ISBN: 9780061950728
          ISBN-10: 0061950726
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 304
          Published: 1st April 2013
          Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
          Country of Publication: US
          Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.8  x 2.3
          Weight (kg): 0.31