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Cape Coral Bookies

September's book discussion will be about: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. 

Overview

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.

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  • Heather

    The next book after this one is A Separate Peace by John Knowles. See you next time!

    September 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to attend the October meeting but could you let me know if a book has been selected for November so I can begin reading? Thank you!

    September 20, 2014

  • Dawn C.

    I was sorry to miss the last book discussion! I enjoyed Orphan Train and had looked forward to discussing it with all of you. Just finished reading The Hundred Foot Journey after seeing the movie. Does anyone else want to discuss the differences?

    September 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Exciting and stimulating conversation facilitated by the awesome Ms. Kathy

    2 · September 6, 2014

  • Fran G

    You will be missed.

    September 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Moving my daughter to Tampa this weekend.

    September 5, 2014

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