Friday Finds | Book Fair

You know what happens when I go to lunch and there happens to be a book fair in the lobby?  I end up buying a book of course!  It’s a book that I’ve looked at several times and never got around to purchasing, but I finally went ahead and purchased Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

download“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.”

What did you find this week?

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2 thoughts on “Friday Finds | Book Fair

  1. Yvo December 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm Reply

    I remember adding this book to my TBR list a while back, but I haven’t come around purchasing a copy yet. It sounds like a powerful novel; I really should try and get a copy soon…


  2. friendlybookworm December 6, 2014 at 8:28 am Reply

    That’s what happens to me too! I can’t go into a book shop without walking away with at least one book!


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