By Christina Baker Kline
Among 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran on a regular basis from the towns of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, sporting hundreds of thousands of deserted young children whose fates will be made up our minds through natural good fortune. might they be followed by means of a sort and loving kinfolk, or might they face a early life and early life of not easy exertions and servitude?
As a tender Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly used to be one such baby, despatched via rail from manhattan urban to an doubtful destiny an international away. Returning east later in existence, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceable life at the coast of Maine, the stories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. yet in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.
Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer is aware community-service place supporting an aged widow fresh out her attic is the single factor protecting her out of stripling corridor. yet as Molly is helping Vivian style via her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as various as they seem. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her formative years out and in of foster houses, Molly is additionally an interloper being raised by way of strangers, and she or he, too, has unanswered questions about the past.
Moving among modern Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a strong story of upheaval and resilience, moment possibilities, and unforeseen friendship.
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