Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a historical fiction novel following two main characters, Vivian Daly and Molly Ayer. Their stories run parallel in a sense with Molly being in the foster system and Vivian having experienced the ‘Orphan Train’ when she was a child. It is a story filled with sorrow, pain, and triumph.
It’s difficult to imagine the fear Vivian and Molly must have experienced during their times in the system. Going from place to place in hopes of finding a home that would treat them with dignity, respect, and love. Most of the time, this wasn’t the case. Vivian was forced to work at a sewing shop, living in the woods with hardly any food or a place to sleep, and finally, was placed with her teacher, which ended up working out well for her. Molly was stuck in a situation with a cruel foster parent who was only ‘taking care’ of her for the money. She, too, ended up in a better place, with Vivian, at the end of the story.
- What were your thoughts on the book overall? Did you enjoy the read?
- Were you more invested in one character over the other? And why?
- Had you heard of Orphan Trains before reading this book? Do you think they had any benefit or were they a terrible piece of history?
- Did you find Vivian and Molly’s relationship believable?
- Would you recommend it to anyone else to read?
- What are your closing thoughts?
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