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Orphan Train: A Novel | [Christina Baker Kline]

Orphan Train: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 04-17-15
    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 04-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Really good!"

    I've had this book in my wish list for ages. It kept getting great reviews but I wasn't so sure I would like i . Well, glad I finally got iit BECAUSE I LOVED IT. A really great story for young and old. Listened to it all in one day. Couldn't seem to make myself stop.

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    Diane C. 04-16-15
    Diane C. 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    I loved this book, although there were times I wished I wasn't driving while reading, it is hard to see through tears.
    There is one pretty graphic scene which would stop me from recommending this book to some people, but otherwise the book was wonderful.

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    Nathalie 04-16-15
    Nathalie 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply amazing!"

    What a gripping story, I cried and I laughed. The story is well written, the characters beautifully build. It clearly is a story written from the bottom of the heart. The narration is fantastic and heartfelt, believable. I listened to it in the car while driving to work or home and it was always difficult to leave my car at my destination. You must read this book!

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    Becky C. 04-16-15
    Becky C. 04-16-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Who knew there was orphan trains?"

    A beautiful story with a bit of Irish sentiment. The struggle to survive against the odds, A bit of history, and some good storytelling.

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    laurenkrieg 04-14-15
    laurenkrieg 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Feel good book"

    Historical fiction mixed with modern day. Two stories of orphaned girls in different eras and the common challenges they faced. The story comes together nicely - very satisfying, feel good ending.

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    Michael Easley, SC, United States 04-14-15
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2015

    Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

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    "Orphan Train"

    Amazing story! This book is fabulous! This book is about two girls/women whose lives are worlds apart yet so close. The book goes back and forth between the life of Molly, ( 2011) and Vivian/Dorothy ( 1920-1930's) both orphaned and forced to grow up too fast. These two lives meet and an unlikely friendship follows that will change the path of their future forever. I only wish their had been an epilogue.

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    Elizabeth LAKEVILLE, MA, United States 04-13-15
    Elizabeth LAKEVILLE, MA, United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A great reading of a fabulous book"

    The story is both informational and entertaining. You can feel the characters emotion through the readers voice. A plus performance.

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    Jennifer Lee Wellesley, MA USA 04-12-15
    Jennifer Lee Wellesley, MA USA 04-12-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story, wrong choice of narrator"

    While this narrator is talented and did a fine job with character voices, she felt wrongly cast. Too juvenile. I'm guessing the director did this intentionally, but it was a wrong choice for me. The subject matter deserved a voice with more depth. The story was worth the read.

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    Jamie Yorba Linda, CA, USA 04-11-15
    Jamie Yorba Linda, CA, USA 04-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read from California to Seattle"

    My husband said he didn't think he was going to like it but in the end was totally caught up

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    Danielle 04-10-15
    Danielle 04-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story!!!"

    From the very beginning, I was drawn in to this book and did not want to stop listening! What a great story of life, love, loss and friendship. I wish it wasn't over!

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    "Lovely easy read"

    I chose the book as it was on the New York bestseller list. I really enjoyed the way the story developed and especially Niamh/Vivienne's story. I did not particularly enjoy the 2011 part with Molly in it. I had no real interest in her but could see it was part of the setup of the story. It was really hard to read how orphan children were treated and how their lives were so disrupted or aided depending on who took them in. It makes you realise how lucky life is not to have had such experiences in it. I thought the narrative was very good and aided delivery of the story. I would highly recommend it.

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