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Monday, May 11, 2015


I recently read Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (2013).  

Though separated by about 80 years in age, Molly Ayer and Vivian Daly find an unlikely friendship when their life-paths cross.  Molly is a troubled teenager of the 21st century, being bounced from one foster home to another.  Vivian is a 91-year-old widow, living in a mansion in Maine, yet her life started out as that of an orphan who was “shipped” by train (with some 200,000 other orphans) to westward U.S. cities from New York in the early 1900s.  

The parallels between Molly’s and Vivian’s lives remarkably come to light as a result of their serendipitous relationship.  

CK wove a lovely tale of how lives fraught with “bad stuff” can result in ones full of love, self-actualization, and abundance.  A very good read, on many levels.

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