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Orphan Train (2013)

de Christina Baker Kline

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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.… (mais)
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This is the kind of book I enjoy, where you can lose yourself in the story. While reading this story I felt as if I was there I could smell the squirrel cooking and feel the cold air coming through the cracks in the wall, the sound of the train on the track. The one weakness in the book might be the ending, which seems a little hurried and cliche. Then again maybe it was I who was in a hurry to find out how it ended. If you like historical novels or fictional biographies that I would recommend this book to you. ( )
  klrabbit58 | May 3, 2021 |
(21) This was a easy read fiction; maybe you could say historical fiction - the story toggles between a rebellious product of the modern day foster system assigned to community service helping an old lady clean out her attic and said old lady's own history growing up in the depression. It turns out this old lady is an orphan herself: A young Irish girl in the tenements of NYC falls on hard times and is shipped off on 'an orphan train' to essentially a life of adoption and/or indentured servitude in the western part of the country. This apparently is a real part of our nation's history and several hundred thousand children (usually new immigrants) were plucked off the streets of New York and quite literally farmed out in this way. Puts the current border crisis in Mexico in a bit of new light - family separation, indeed.

The writing in this novel is pedestrian and formulaic, albeit engaging. It took me just over a day or so to read without much effort (a welcome relief from a recent erudite dense read) but I don't think it will stick with me very long. The parts of the book that were supposed to be profound meaningful juxtapositions were heavy-handed and came off as 'Lifetime' movie of the week fodder. I have been reading way too many of these women's book club 'inspiring' and 'heartfelt' novels about 'resilience' lately. Its left me a bit cynical.

I can't seem to hit quite the right note in this review - this was not a bad book; just OK for me. I might even be underrating a bit as - really, who knew this had happened in our country's history! But I dunno - predictable; sentimental; forgettable. ( )
  jhowell | Apr 29, 2021 |
Absolutely fabulous historical fiction. I felt the emotions of the characters and thoroughly enjoyed reading about a piece of history I had never heard of. The "short history of orphan trains" at the end really brought the reality home when I saw the picture of the train full of kids. I was happy that both Vivian and Molly had a satisfying ending and teared up during the last 5 pages or so! ( )
  CASDonnelly218 | Feb 1, 2021 |
I get confused between Molly and Vivian sometimes because their stories are rather similar - both lost their parent(s) at a young age and got shunted around - and Kline alternated between the telling of their stories. Nevertheless, this is just a minor irk. The book is enjoyable with an interesting historical subject matter, though the ending is somewhat fairy-tale. ( )
  siok | Jan 23, 2021 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story kept you enthralled. The writing caliber was not amazing but it didn't really matter. I stayed up very late to finish and that is not something I do very often. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
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Through her bedroom wall Molly can hear her foster parents talking about her in the living room, just beyond her door.
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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.

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