Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, 294 pages
The books goes back and forth between 2011 and the past in order to tell Vivian and Molly's stories. Vivian and her family immigrated to the United States from Ireland and ended up a New York City tenement house, where most of her family perished in a fire. That's how she ended up on an Orphan Train, headed to Minnesota in 1929, at the age of nine,
Molly's father died when she was young and her mother fell apart. Molly ended up in the foster system. Neither Vivian nor Molly had and easy life with their foster families.
For some reason, I expected the book to be somewhat trite and sweet. It wasn't. It was gritty and sad and heartwarming and hopeful. On the surface Vivian and Molly have nothing in common, but underneath, where it counts, their experiences bring them together.