In honor of the publication of Orphan Train, we are happy to announce that Christina Baker Kline will be coming to Book Club Girl on Air! Join us on May 7th at 7 PM EST to hear Christina chatting about the book that Library Journal called "A compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage."
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 adoles-cence 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 Trainis a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.
We have 10 copies of Orphan Train to give to 10 people who comment that they can participate in our show on Tuesday, May 7th at 7 pm EST. We'll pick 10 random commenters from anyone who posts by 11:59pm Friday, April 19.
We look forward to hearing from you during our live book discussion with Christina Baker Kline on May 7th! Send in questions during the live show via the chat function (be sure to register on the site beforehand - choose the free option) or you can call in and ask her a question directly by dialing 347-945-6149. If you can’t join us, post your question in the comments section below, and we’ll ask Jacqueline on air.