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)
This is absolutely the best book I have read in a long time. We read it in book club, and I was hesitant about it so I decided to listen instead of read. I have listened to it two times and will probably listen again. Highly recommend this to anyone.
I often come across books that make me eager to get back to the car so that I can hear more. I hardly ever come across one that makes me want to wear headphones when doing chores, and buy the Kindle version too, so that I can keep reading when I don't have headphones ready. This is one of those rare books.
Easy listening. Inventive story of parallel lives in different centuries, of a teenage ward of the state nowadays and an orphaned child from the early years of the 20th century. Told in flashback and real time. Has a happy ending.
I was a reluctant to read this story b/c I thought I knew all about orphans & their plight at the turn of the century. However, the storyline has some interesting twists...
This story was so addictive that I listened to all 8 hours in just two long sessions. The characters were beautifully developed and so interesting, and easy to care about. The only disappointing part of this story was that it had to end.
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