August GR Virtually Reads: Orphan Train

This month we are reading "Orphan Train" by novelist Christina Baker. Whether you have just started the book or finished it months ago, all are welcome to come and join our book club, we would love to have you!

This book club is a virtual book club. You can join it here or copying the link into your browser:

This book club is free and open to the public. Purchase your copy at Pages and get 15% off. This book club meets the first Tuesday of every other month. Ask one of our booksellers to learn more about it!

About Orphan Train:

"Christina Baker Kline’s smash bestseller is “a lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of American history” - Ann Packer

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. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.

Event date: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780061950728
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 10th, 2017