Only at Target, find the April, 2013, Club Pick "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline
ORPHAN TRAIN is the captivating story of an unexpected friendship between a troubled Penobscot Indian teenager and a wealthy elderly woman who needs help cleaning out her attic. As they begin working together, sorting through years of possessions and memories, the two women discover an unexpected bond that helps free each of them from the pasts that haunt them.
Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer has one last chance. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her attic is the last thing she wants to do, but it's the only thing that will keep her out of juvie or worse.
Vivian Daly, a 91-year-old widow, lives a quiet life in a sprawling Victorian mansion on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. Orphaned after a fire in her Irish immigrant family's tenement 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.
Sorting through the boxes in Vivian's attic, the two women also unpack her dark and hidden memories -- memories she's never shared with anyone. As Vivian begins to open up, Molly finds that there are surprising parallels to her own troubled life. By the time the boxes are empty, it's clear that both Vivian and Molly have a new kind of clarity about who they are and a fresh perspective on their places in the world.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, ORPHAN TRAIN is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and the secrets we cary that keep us from discovering our true selves.
- Fiction + Literature Genres
- HarperCollins Publishers
- April 2, 2013
- April 2, 2013