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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Orphan Train


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.

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