Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, on tour January 2017

Posted By on January 9, 2017

About Orphan Train

• Paperback: 320 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Christina Baker Kline’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel—the captivating story of a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to long-buried questions…now with an extended scene that addresses the number one question readers ask, and an excerpt from Kline’s upcoming novel A Piece of the World

“A lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of America’s history. Beautiful.”—Ann Packer

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 woman clean out her home 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 novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, and unexpected friendship.

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon

Photo by Jerry Bauer

About Christina Baker Kline

Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels. She lives out-side of New York City and on the coast of Maine.

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

Tour Stops

Wednesday, January 11th: The Book Bag

Thursday, January 12th: Literary Quicksand

Friday, January 13th: Read. Write. Repeat.

Monday, January 16th: Reading is My Super Power

Tuesday, January 17th: Just Commonly

Wednesday, January 18th: Literary Lindsey

Friday, January 20th: Art @ Home

Monday, January 23rd: M. Denise Costello

Tuesday, January 24th: 100 Pages a Day…Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Tuesday, January 24th: Tina Says…

Wednesday, January 25th: Brown Dog Solutions

Thursday, January 26th: Thoughts On This ‘n That

Friday, January 27th: View from the Birdhouse

Monday, January 30th: G. Jacks Writes

Tuesday, January 31st: Man of La Book

Thursday, February 2nd: Library of Clean Reads

Friday, February 3rd: Ace and Hoser Blook


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