Spotlight: "Orphan Train"

"Orphan Train"
by Christina Baker Kline
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: received from publisher
Release Date: Apr 2, 2013

The following description is from

The author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers 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.

The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, 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 second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publicist/publisher in exchange for a blog post.


  1. This book sounds very good. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sounds like a great read, thank you for sharing it!

  3. Sounds different from what I usually read, and that is good

  4. I want to read this one. It sounds really promising.

  5. This sounds emotionally charged. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. I find the Orphan Train thing very interesting, and this book sounds like it has the potential to pack a punch, so I'm going to put it in my shopping list.


  7. I have this one yet to read and can not wait!

    Stop by today if you have time - 4 year blogiversary party is going on and there is a big giveaway!

  8. Oh this one sounds so good! I love the cover too.

  9. This sounds really good, like it could be a very emotional and lovely read. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  11. Loved this book! I couldn't wait to find out what the next page/chapter had in store. It was one of those books that I was sad when it ended, but the ending couldn't have been more appropriate. It was hard for me to pick my next book to read after this one. Hard one to follow. Hope you enjoy it ad much as I did.

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