Friday, August 22, 2014

Thank You, Christina Baker Kline

I just read "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline. It was an excellent read...historical fiction at its best. It is based on factual events surrounding trains rumbling west from New York City filled with orphans of all ages for adoption by Midwestern families. There were no adoption rules in those days...1870's - 1920's. Orphans needed somewhere to go and farmers, factories, households and others needed workers. Some children were abused and underfed. Some were treated well, even adopted and schooled.

Ms. Kline presents the novel in designated chapters covering the 1920's through 1940's (Ireland, New York, Minnesota) , interspersed with modern settings in 2011Maine. I like the way she arranged the timing of plot and characters and can see it useful in my own work. For this, I thank you, Christina Baker Kline!