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 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.
©2013 Christina Baker Kline (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
“The narrator of Orphan Train, Jessica Almasy, does an incredible read. Listening to Almasy’s rendition of this book - so vivid and emotional - was as much fun as getting swept away by an Oscar-winning movie.” (Parents.com)
"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's vibrant, sophisticated language comes alive with the sparkling talents of narrators Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren. Their finely paced, enthusiastic portrayals of the charming main characters quickly capture the listener.” (AudioFile)
The rise of all of my emotions that I felt throughout this book made me feel thankful.. I was engulfed into this novel within just a few chapters . I definitely would recommend this book to the young and old .
I loved this book with its journey thru one woman's history. A painful but touching journey. The one con I would give is I would rate this book "R" for the swearing in the modern section of the story. Really unnecessary and detracts from the purpose (altho I get the fact that she's been abandoned and feels angry and expresses it this way). The historical part of the tale however is very cleanly written and full of emotion without the marring of profanity. I enjoyed it thoroughly!
It's hard to articulate, as tears stream down my face, how much I loved this book. It was sad, uplifting, hopeful, and at times, utterly heartbreaking. I find myself thinking about it long after I am done.
Another book that surprised me. I didn't really expect to like it, thinking it would be maudlin or overly cliched. Instead, I found it full of interesting information about a little-known time in history and its unfortunate parallels in today's foster-care system. I also enjoyed the way the stories from the past and present are woven together. One of my favorite genres is the coming-of-age novel, and this one provides an interesting picture into the lives of 2 girls, orphaned young, and how they deal with the adversity that seems to skulk around every corner. Some of the story is a bit predictable and facile, hence the 4-star rating, but I'm not providing any spoilers.
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