2016 Reading Together Author Announcement

Sep 15, 2015 11:41:42 AM


Kalamazoo, MI –

The moment you have been waiting for has arrived! Kalamazoo Public Library is proud to announce the 2016 Reading Together book selection: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Meet the Author: Christina Baker Kline
Monday, March 7, 2016, 7 pm
Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium
Copies of "Orphan Train" will be sold by Michigan News Agency at the event

About Orphan Train
Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude? 

As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are the vestiges of a turbulent past.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. 

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendships. - HarperCollins

About Christina Baker Kline
Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Orphan Train. Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines and Sweet Water. She is currently working on a novel based on the iconic painting, Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth. 

In addition to her five novels, Kline has written and edited five nonfiction books. She commissioned and edited two widely-praised collections of original essays on the first year of parenthood and raising young children, Child of Mine and Room to Grow, and a book on grieving, Always Too Soon. She is the co-editor, with Anne Burt, of a collection of personal essays called About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror, and is co-author, with her mother, Christina Looper Baker, of a book on feminist mothers and daughters The Conversation Begins. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Money, More, Psychology Today, among others.

Kline is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoynes Fellow in Fiction Writing. Kline currently lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her family. 

For more information about 2016 Reading Together, visit readingtogether.us or contact Karen Trout, Reading Together Coordinator at 269-553-7895. Copies of Orphan Train will be available at all Kalamazoo Public Library locations by September 18.

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