Orphan Train

Orphan Train

A Novel

Paperback - 2013
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The 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.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061950728
0061950726
9780606356640
9780062101204
006210120X
Characteristics: 278, 16 p. ; 21 cm.

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darleenf
Jul 26, 2020

Very good read of history of orphans in American history

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celiawhite99
May 16, 2020

Excellent quick read! Captivating too

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Jenkskitten
Mar 20, 2020

At first I did not like the jumping back and forth from the past to the present. However, the author did an excellent job of blending the stories together. Life as an orphan from Ireland and yet as a nine year old child is heart wrenching. Thought of as a street urchin, thief, dirty and worthless is heart breaking. Like any child who wants love and approval from family she was welling to become a slave to those who never returned that love. So many questions to be answered and thankfully the author answers many of them as the story progresses.

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vslucky1
Mar 19, 2020

This book was the topic of a lot of book clubs and I picked it up to see what all the talk was about. I was not disappointed. I knew nothing about the history of the "orphan trains" in the United States. The story flows simultaneously with Molly, a 17 year old modern day orphan in the system and 91 year old Vivian, an elderly widow with a story of her own. The reader follows their stories and the more you find out about the past, the more you love them both. If you love historical fiction and a book that makes you want to learn more, then this book is for you. I loved it and spent time afterwards researching the orphan train history.

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MyTake
Jan 27, 2020

I'm glad that what happened to orphans during this period gains increasing attention and remembrance through historical novels. I enjoyed this one, and how it wove the parallel stories together.

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mkwinebrenner
Dec 05, 2019

I really liked the one story line, but the other (modern) one felt trite. I wanted to skip the chapters about Molly and go straight to the Vivian goodness. I'm sure their stories eventually overlap and intertwine better (I imagine through them getting to know each other and telling their stories) but I got bored of/annoyed with the flat Molly story too quickly to get to that point. Wish I could just skip over her chapters and still read a complete book! Ultimately didn't finish it because the book was due to be returned and it didn't grab me, but if you put it in front of me with no time limit I would probably keep going.

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pboyer
Nov 01, 2019

Good for CASA volunteers

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INVS
Sep 20, 2019

Returning for long wait list - will try later.

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Tica77
Aug 06, 2019

I knew very little about these orphan trains which brought thousands of children from New York to the American mid-west in the late 1920s. The author’s research on the topic was excellent and the way she brought together a 91 year-old train rider (Vivian) and a 17 year-old « rebel ». (Molly) who is a ward of the children’s aid society of Maine. As Molly helps Vivian sort through decades of boxes in her attic, she discovers how love, resilience, heartbreak and rejection do not necessarily equal a bad life. The reader becomes very attached to these two characters. There is an interesting twist near the end of the novel. Well worth reading.

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heyitscori
Aug 05, 2019

Historical fiction is my favourite genre and this one does not disappoint. Throughout the book we get to know a little girl from 1929 as well as another girl from 2011. Their stories collide in the modern 2011 era. Reading about the lives the poor "orphan train" children had is very sad and very informative and very worth reading.

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Jul 24, 2015

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Jun 22, 2013

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jcuster
Feb 02, 2019

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“I've come to think that's what heaven is- a place in the memory of others where our best selves live on.”
“You got to learn to take what people are willing to give.”

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Magicworld
Jul 24, 2015

“I feel a joy so strong it’s almost painful—a knife’s edge of joy.”

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