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UH Book Club: Orphan Train

November 1, 2018, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Spielberg Chapel

Join us on Thursday, November 1 for a discussion of the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, the captivating story of a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to long-buried questions. 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. As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, and unexpected friendship. (Synopsis from Amazon.com)

You can join us for just one session if you like a particular book or come to all of the sessions. There is no long-term commitment necessary.  RSVP to Angie so we know how many people to expect.

Upcoming Books

November 1: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
December 6: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
January 3: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
February 7: City of Light by Lauren Belfer
March 7: The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright
April 4: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
May 2: The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
June 6: Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
July 11: The Girl from Berlin: A Novel (Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart) by Ronald Balson