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Orphan Train: A Novel (2013 original; edició 2020)

de Christina Baker Kline (Autor)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:Orphan Train: A Novel
Autors:Christina Baker Kline (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow (2020), 400 pages
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Orphan Train de Christina Baker Kline (2013)

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    akblanchard: Isolated old ladies benefit by telling their stories to younger women.
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    Usuari anònim: Another good read showcasing a small bit of American history
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    El llenguatge secret de les flors de Vanessa Diffenbaugh (tangledthread)
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Heart-wrenching, achingly important to our shared national history and redemptive all in one. Couldn't put it down. Be aware that you will shed tears. ( )
  Martialia | Sep 28, 2022 |
3.5 stars, rounded up reluctantly to 4.

Built around the events in the lives of a woman of 91 and a girl of 17, this book centers on the way abandoned children were treated in the early 1900s. The orphan trains were organized by Christian groups to purportedly get abandoned children in the cities of the eastern US to homes with families in farming communities of the Midwest. The idea might have been to find families, but as even they were well aware, the outcome was often vastly different from that ideal.

The story of Niamh (Vivian) is a much more riveting and interesting story than that of Molly, our modern-day abandoned child. Of course, the earlier era is almost always more interesting than the current one. The weaving together of the two lives makes sense in the context of the story and while the parallels exist, what seemed more striking to me was how much more whining Molly did despite the fact that she was receiving so much better treatment than Niamh ever had. It was starkly obvious to me that even children of the earlier time were made of much stronger stuff. While I like Niamh very much, I found it harder to like Molly. I might have liked the book even better if it had simply followed Niamh's life and left out the sub-plot entirely.

If I had a bone to pick, it would be with the pat ending. It was OK, since it was not dragged on for too long and all the meat of the story had already been told before its intrusion. Sometimes it is difficult for authors to leave their characters with the fruits of the lives they have given them. I think one of the things I love about Hardy is that he is not afraid to leave characters as unhappy and unfulfilled as he finds them. Modern-day sensibilities seem to call for happy endings, but in my estimation Niamh (Vivian) has already lived her life and at 91 what has already occurred is what is truly real. What is missed in life, is missed. We all wish every fragment of our lives would be tied up at the ending, but we must realize this is seldom true. Most of us will pass away with things (perhaps very important things) unsaid.

Ah, but I digress. I am pleased I read this and I would recommend it to anyone who wants an interesting, non-literary read. I am a harsh rater sometimes. I reserve five stars for works I truly find outstanding, so I am often caught between rounding up or down between 3 and 4--this novel could have gone either way for me. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
This was a bookclub book at Dev's house in July. good discussion. ( )
  PatLibrary123 | Aug 9, 2022 |
“So is it just human nature to believe that things happen for a reason - to find some shred of meaning even in the worst experiences?”
― Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train

Sometimes a book comes around that is just so good, so well written, so educational, so EVERYTHING..that there is nothing..absolutely nothing..bad to say about it. This is one such book.

Orphan train is a great book. I read this years ago and I’m only now writing a review. I learned so much about that particular period in time. And there was so much I didn’t know. I had no idea this kind of thing existed.

The characters were beautifully woven. I adored both of the main females. I loved reading about their lives.

The book was moving, poignant and a definite five stars.

Now what is interesting that I’ve been a member of multiple book clubs over a period of many years. But every single book club I have been in chose to have this as one of their reads at one time or another which really says so much about the quality of the book.

Even though it has been out for quite awhile, I do know people who have yet to read it and I would absolutely recommend that they do. Five stars for a great read. ( )
  Thebeautifulsea | Aug 4, 2022 |
I rarely read books that end up bringing me to tears, but this one did. I could recommend this one to anyone from age 13 and up. I think it would fit nicely in to the genre as well as an adult novel. Very good!! ( )
  Jen-Lynn | Aug 1, 2022 |
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In portaging from one river to another, Wabanakis had to carry their canoes and all other possessions. Everyone knew the value of traveling light and understood that it required leaving some things behind. Nothing encumbered movement more than fear, which was often the most difficult burden to surrender.
-Bunny McBride, Women of the Dawn
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who handed me the thread,
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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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"...you can't find peace until you find all the pieces."
– I learned long ago that loss is not only probable but inevitable. I know what it means to lose everything, to let go of one life and find another. And now I feel, with a strange, deep certainty, that it must be my lot in life to be taught that lesson over and over again.
Her hand flutters to her clavicle, to the silver chain around her neck, the Claddagh charm – those tiny hands clasping a crowned heart: love, loyalty, friendship – a never-ending path that leads away from home and circles back.
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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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