Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, on tour April 2013

Posted By on March 19, 2013

Orphan TrainAbout Orphan Train

• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (April 2, 2013)

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 adolescence 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 Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.

christina baker klineAbout Christina Baker Kline

Christina Baker Kline is a novelist, nonfiction writer, and editor. In addition to Orphan Train, her novels include Bird in HandThe Way Life Should BeDesire Lines, and Sweet Water.

Kline also commissioned and edited two widely praised collections of original essays on the first year of parenthood and raising young children, Child of Mine and Room to Grow. She coauthored a book on feminist mothers and daughters, The Conversation Begins, with her mother, Christina L. Baker, and she coedited About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror with Anne Burt.

Kline grew up in Maine, England, and Tennessee, and has spent a lot of time in Minnesota and North Dakota, where here husband grew up. She is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing. She has taught creative writing and literature at Fordham and Yale, among other places, and is a recent recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation fellowship. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her family.

Find out more about Kline at her website, connect with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

Christina’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, April 2nd: Broken Teepee

Wednesday, April 3rd: A Bookish Affair

Thursday, April 4th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books

Monday, April 8th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

Wednesday, April 10th: Peppermint PhD

Monday, April 15th: Excellent Library

Tuesday, April 16th: The House of the Seven Tails

Wednesday, April 17th: missris

Thursday, April 18th: Kritters Ramblings

Monday, April 22nd: Tiffany’s Bookshelf

Tuesday, April 23rd: Book Chatter

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