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Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Kline

On Sale: 03/12/2014


About the Book

The runaway bestseller that has swept the nation, with more than one million copies sold

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 luck and chance.

This is the story of one such child.

As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was 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. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are reminders 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.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061950704
  • ISBN 10: 006195070X
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - US
  • On Sale: 03/12/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price: 35.00 AUD
  • BISAC1: Literature & literary studies / General


Christina Baker Kline was born in Cambridge, England and grew up in England, Tennessee, and Maine. She holds a B.A. in English from Yale and earned an M.A. in Literature from Cambridge while working for the journal Granta. She taught fiction and nonfiction writing at New York University, Yale, and the University of Virginia. Her work has been published in The Yale Review, Ms., Parents Magazine, Southern Living, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications. She lives outside of New York City with her husband, David, and their sons.

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