Moving between contemporary maine and depression era minnesota orphan train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience of second chances and unexpected friendship between 1854 and 1929 so called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the east coast to the farmlands of the midwest carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. A novel about the orphan train movement in the us at the start of the twentieth century that blends historical and contemporary fiction moving back and forth between modern day spruce harbor in maine and new york and the midwest in the 1920 1930s kline ties up the narratives of goth girl molly who is aging out of foster care and irish orphan niamh who rides the orphan train to a presumably better life after suffering a family tragedy. Christina baker klines orphan train is a poignant and memorable story of two steadfast courageous women one young one old and their discovery of each others past as unwanted outsiders it is a revelation of the universal yearning for belonging for family for acceptance and ultimately the journeys we must all make to find them. Orphan train is a book set in both the present day and the late 1920s 1930s and 1940s vivian traveled from nyc to minnesota as a young girl on one of the infamous orphan trains that was used to get orphans out of the cities into the country where they might have a better opportunity to find families and to be able to make a good life
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