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.
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.