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Orphan Train Paperback – Deckle Edge, January 10, 2017

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A long journey from home and the struggle to find it again form the heart of the intertwined stories that
make up this moving novel. Foster teen Molly is performing community-service work for elderly widow Vivian, and as they
go through Vivian’s cluttered attic, they discover that their lives have much in common. When Vivian was a girl, she was
taken to a new life on an orphan train. These trains carried children to adoptive families for 75 years, from the
mid-nineteenth century to the start of the Great Depression. Novelist Kline (Bird in Hand, 2009) brings Vivian’s
hardscrabble existence in ­Depression-era Minnesota to stunning life. Molly’s present-day story in Maine seems to pale
in comparison, but as we listen to the two characters talk, we find grace and power in both of these seemingly disparate
lives. Although the girls are vulnerable, left to the whims of strangers, they show courage and resourcefulness. Kline
illuminates a largely hidden chapter of American history, while portraying the coming-of-age of two resilient young
women. --Bridget Thoreson

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“A compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage . . . With compassion and delicacy Kline presents
a little-known chapter of American history and draws comparisons with the modern-day foster care system.” (Library
Journal)

“In ORPHAN TRAIN, Christina Baker Kline seamlessly knits together the past and present of two women, one young and one
old. Kline reminds us that we never really lose anyone or anything or--perhaps most importantly--ourselves.” (Ann Hood,
author of The Knitting Circle)

“I loved this book: its absorbing back-and-forth story, its vivid history, its eminently loveable characters. ORPHAN
TRAIN wrecked my heart and made me glad to be literate.” (Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys)

“One of the most powerful novels I’ve ever read...I am compelling all of you, even begging you, to make this novel your
next read. You’ll be talking about it for years to come!” (Naples Daily News (FL))

“A gem.” (Huffington Post)

“Absorbing...a heartfelt page-turner about two women finding a sense of home...Kline lets us live the characters’
experiences vividly through their skin...The growth from instinct to conscious understanding to partnership between the
two is the foundation for a moving tale.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Kline draws a dramatic, emotional story from a neglected corner of American history.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“I was so moved by this book. I loved Molly and Vivian, two brave, difficult, true-hearted women who disrupt one
another’s lives in beautiful ways, and loved journeying with them, through heartbreak and stretches of history I’d never
known existed, out of loneliness toward family and home.” (Marisa de los Santos, New York Times-bestselling author of
Belong to Me and Falling Together)

“A lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of
American history. Beautiful.” (Ann Packer, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dive from Clausen's Pier and Swim
Back to Me)

“Christina Baker Kline writes exquisitely about two unlikely friends . . . each struggling to transcend a past of
isolation and hardship. ORPHAN TRAIN will hold you in its grip as their fascinating tales unfold.” (Cathy Marie
Buchanan, New York Times-bestselling author of The Painted Girls)

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