It has taken me a while to read 51vyu1vomkl._sy177_-1.jpgOrphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, but I thought the book, which is being adapted for a movie, was interesting.

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!

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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