Sunday, May 25, 2014
Book #49 Read in 2014
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
This is a great piece of historical fiction. It tells the tale of an Irish girl who boards the orphan train in New York as an 8 year old and heads to the Midwest. She is adopted into "families" that are really looking for a laborer, a babysitter or a surrogate wife. Eventually she finds a spot to at least feel safe in and she becomes a strong woman who has overcome great obstacles. Also told is a parallel story of Molly, a teenager in the foster system, who begins to help elderly Vivian sort through things in her attic in order to complete community service hours. The two form a bond that surpasses the generation gap.
I loved this book. The writing was wonderful. The characters were interesting and the storylines kept me totally engaged. I highly recommend it.