The author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.
Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one
last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system,
and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service
position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing
keeping her out of juvie and worse.
Vivian Daly has lived a quiet
life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are
vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her
possessions and memories, Molly discovers 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.
closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her
own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by
strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her
emotional barriers begin to crumble, 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.
in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of
upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship,
and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.
About The Author:
I just finish this book, it sure has a lot of heart tugging life
happenings. There is a parallel between two lives, one near the end in
her nineties and the other aging out of the system at seventeen. Life
and circumstance bring them together.
The older lady was an
immigrant from Ireland, she ends up loosing her family, and ends up on
the Orphan Train. I enjoy reading stories about this period in this
country. I am sure the children were frightened, heading to the unknown.
Some loosing their parents, and now heading to loving homes?? Some were
abused, and exploited.
This story also tells of modern times child
placement services, and comparisons with the orphan train. We also with
the help of modern time conveniences help the elderly orphan train
survivor find some information for closure. This is an in depth look at
I found myself pulled into this story, and kept hoping for
the best. At times things looked better, but she sure had a very hard
life. Loved that we were able to find out about some of the other
children on the train and what happened to them.
In the end I really
wanted more answers, what happened to the modern day orphan?? I know
how I wanted it to end, and so I guess it will end that way for me. All
in all this became a very quick and enjoyable read.
I received this book from the edelweiss above the tree line Program, and was not required to give a positive review.