One Book, One Philly Author Christina Baker Kline on “Orphan Train”

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Guest: Christina Baker Kline

In this hour of Radio Times, CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE joins Marty to discuss her novel Orphan Train. Kline explores the worlds of Vivian Daly and Molly Ayer. As a young Irish immigrant, Daly took an “orphan train” from New York City to the Midwest after her family died tragically in a tenement fire. As an elderly woman, Daly receives help sorting through her possessions from Molly Ayer, a teenaged-Penobscot Indian who is aging out of foster care. Through their meetings, the two come to realize that there are more similarities in their lives than meet the eye and they develop a genuine friendship. The book is the 2015 selection for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s One Book, One Philadelphia series, designed “to promote reading, literacy, and libraries, and to encourage the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book.”

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