Book Club to discuss ‘Orphan Train’

Sep 02, 2014

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library's Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “Orphan” Train by Christina Baker Kline Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 2:30 p.m. at the library, located in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1.

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-19th century to the start of the Great Depression.

Novelist Kline 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 the two characters talk, they reveal grace and power in their seemingly disparate lives. Kline illuminates a largely hidden chapter of American history, while portraying the coming-of-age of two resilient young women.

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together to share their opinions and ideas about the book selection. Extra copies of the books are purchased by Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds; donations are appreciated. All are welcome to attend. Those who live in Thomaston who would like to attend but need a ride are encouraged to call the library at 354-2453 the week before the club meets.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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