It is the story of two orphaned women, one is a teenager and the other is in her nineties. This is a contrast and comparison novel. As a child, the older woman was shipped out of NYC on an orphan train. Vivian ended-up in Minnesota and after being taken-in by two abusive families, gets a good home. Molly, the teenager, came from an abusive home, ends-up in the foster care merry-go-round, and at seventeen, is still hoping for a stable home and loving caregiver.
Molly’s story is in many ways stereotypical. Vivian’s however, is much more interesting because it sheds light on Orphan Train history.
I am in the fence about this novel. Some of the book was interesting, but I thought the Molly story was distracting. If you have read this novel, I welcome your thoughts!