Synopsis (taken from Library Thing):
“Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to ‘aging out’ out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian 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 whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life–answers that will ultimately free them both. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.”–from publisher’s description
It was hard to get into the book, at the beginning. However, after a couple of chapters, I was hooked. I loved the relationship between Vivian and Molly, the similarities they shared, and the way they both adjusted as foster children. Vivian’s story is incredible and it made me quite sad to hear the way these children were basically seen as servants (when presented to families), and the abuse they endured.
It’s quite a comparison between Vivian and Molly’s home life. Molly is in foster care, living in a foster home, where her foster mother doesn’t care about her. We hear of stories, like those today: adults being foster parents because of the money (although it’s not enough to make you rich). We also hear of sweet stories like those of Vivian’s parents, who adopted her. While she had been in a couple of horrible foster homes, ultimately she ends up with a family that loves her. However, it’s a relationship that evolves slowly and it allows Vivian to garner trust and feel safe, considering everything she went through.
This is a great story, and there were lots of great moments. While the story focused mainly on Vivian, the reader will also see the slow transformation that happens with Molly and hope that her story ends sweetly, like Vivian’s.
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