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 was a beautifully written book. The voice of Molly was a little too squeaky for comfort sometimes. The biggest disappointment was the character Dina - described as a harsh and unloving yet pro-life right wing Christian. Certainly a deviation from the faithful Christians that I know. Many of whom lovingly care for foster children or work with agencies to help foster children. The characterization of Dina seems an attempt to further a false stereotype of Christians.
Loved this story and had no idea about the orphan trains originally.
Great perspectives of foster children as well
This was a fascinating story. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters, separated in age by so many years. This story inspired me to research the true stories of the orphan trains.
I was disappointed that the author created an unappealing character (Dina) and then described her as someone who listens to conservative radio. The author has a bias
against people who may have opinions other than hers. There was no need to bring
politics into the story.
It will be literary fiction.
The narrator was not consistent in her use of an Irish accent.
I would not elminate any characters.
The character of Molly was such an obnoxious teenager that it was difficult to be
sympathetic to her.
Yes but there were three very graphic sex-related scenes that could have been more modest in description without losing the good story-line and lessons. I also thought there were some unfair over-generalizations with regard to describing characters. I thought there was a bit of a theme of making morally conservative characters out to be very mean, judgmental, and unkind.
I loved the history and how the author wove the personal life experiences of the young character and the elderly character together.
Oh man I think Maggie Smith would be good as Niamh. And maybe Elle Fanning for the younger character?
i loved this. i sat in the car an extra 20 minutes in the driveway just so i could finish it. my only problem is that i felt it ended too soon... i want to know what happens to Molly in the future.
The story brings to light a little known piece of 20th century history. It is very well written, with dissimilar characters that mesh well and tell an entertaining, believable story that spans several generations. The main players appear to be vastly different, but in the end, are the same. This is one of the best books I have ever read. As human nature goes, I suppose there really is nothing new under the sun.
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