The Faith Lutheran Book Club’s February selection was Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. This also happens to be the book that has been selected for suggested community-wide reading.
There are actually two stories that unfold throughout the book. Molly Ayer is nearly 18 but has been in foster care due to the death of her father and abandonment of her mother. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her attic is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvenile detention. The elderly woman, Vivian Daly-Maynard, age 91, an orphaned Irish immigrant who rode an orphan train to Minnesota, has a difficult time disposing of the things stored in her attic because of the memories and secrets they hold. Together Molly and Vivian learn that they aren’t that different and Molly helps Vivian answer the mysteries of her life.
This novel exemplifies the resilience of people, the ability to endure upheaval and the unusual friendships that develop in life. We all enjoyed the book, and it generated great discussion among the group.
Several community events are scheduled around this book. Sun. March 30, 2-4pm there will be a book discussion at the Hutchinson Public Library. On Sun. April 27, 2-4pm a meet-the-author event is scheduled at the Hutchinson Event Center. Both of these events are free to the public.
The Faith Book Club meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30pm in the Luther Lounge (near the 3rd floor elevator). Questions? Email Marsha Schmit or call 320-587-2093.