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 one of the most intense stories I have ever read/listened to! I was mesmerized and absorbed every step of the way. I cried and laughed and loved. It took my heart and breath.
The performance is magnificent.
Thank you to both the author and reader! You have made and incredible work of art!
Why were northern MN rural poor given "hillbilly" accents? Otherwise good story, and good character development.
Lonely old rich woman who is 90 but able to pick up using a computer easily. Teenager who dresses punk, doesn't trust anyone, has a prickly demeanor, reads the classics.
Happy endings all around. So predictable.
I was not aware of orphan trains so this aspect surprised and saddened me. What a terrible and scary plight for these children.
I found the book enjoyable enough but also found it rather predictable. It was short. I think the characters and the story could have been much more developed and grand. But it was an interesting premise and taught me a few things, which is a plus of any story.
I would recommend it for a quick read.
I really loved this book and found it so and lightning. I had not known about the Orphan Train in our history and was fascinated to follow life of one brave and loving immigrant.
Randee and Dan
I enjoyed the story. It piqued my curiosity to learn more about the children's home Society transfer of these kids to new locations during that time in American history.
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