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January: Orphan Train, Christina Baker-Kline

  • NORTHAMPTON MA_ FORBES LIBRARY

    20 West St. , Northampton , MA (map)

    42.316262 -72.636533

  • We'll be downstairs in the Community Room
  • Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determine by luck and chance. This is the story of one such child. As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leas a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are reminders of a turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping and 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 friendships. 

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