We're excited to announce that the 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection for is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
Orphan Train is the compelling story of Vivian, a 91-year-old widow once orphaned as a child, and Molly, a troubled teen who has been shuffled from one unstable foster home to another. The two women develop a bond, with Vivian treasuring her Irish immigrant roots and Molly finding comfort in her ancestral Native American tradition. The novel sheds light on an era when thousands of orphaned children were taken from crowded cities to face uncertain futures in the rural Midwest and connects with the importance of heritage and memories in shaping who we are, the value of intergenerational relationships, and the fundamental power of family. Library Journal calls it, “A compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage… With compassion and delicacy Kline presents a little-known chapter of American history.
Featuring panel discussions, film screenings, craft workshops, and more for all ages, One Book, One Philadelphia will run from January 22 to March 19, 2015. Mark your calendars for the kickoff on Thursday, January 22 featuring author Christina Baker Kline!