The Orphan Train by Christina Kline

When Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system she takes a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home.  As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, she learns that they aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life. The answers they find free both women in this powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.


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