Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline

This is another of those books I might not have discovered if it weren't for our Free Little Library at work. It turned up on the shelf and I thought I would give it a whirl. I loved it.

Molly is a foster kid who is about to age out, and is very troubled. When she is caught trying to steal a copy of her favorite book (Jane Eyre) from the school library, she is told that she has to do 50 hours of community service or enter juvenile detention. Through Molly's boyfriend, Jack, she gets an opportunity to assist an elderly, well-to-do widow, Vivian Daly, with clearing out her attic.

In the process of going through the numerous boxes, Vivian's own story unfolds. She was one of the many children on the "orphan trains" from the East Coast to the Midwest, indentured to several different families.

The voice of both narrators is clear and believable. Vivian and Molly's stories are equally gripping in their own way and, at times, nearly parallel.

Highly recommended for fans of well-written literary fiction.