Christina Baker Kline is an American novelist, editor , and nonfiction writer. She is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Horns Fellow in Fiction Writing. In addition to Orphan Train, her novels include, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, Desire Lines, and The Way Life Should Be. As of yet she hasn’t received any awards. Kline’s husband, who is a Midwesterner, inspired her to write Orphan Train. The book narrates the real-life story of trains between the mid 1800’s and the early 20th century that abandoned hundreds of thousands of children across the United States. Kline imagines the journey of one such child, Vivian Daly, an Irish immigrant. Quinn Barret from the website “wisebearmedia.com” firsts states how she thought the author initially made it seem as though that Vivian, who was born Niamh wasn’t Niamh. However it is obvious from the start that the common thread between the elderly Vivian and much younger Niamh, is the shared experience of being orphaned. Quinn believes that Vivian’s story contains more complexity and that the childhood of Niamh was heart wrenching. …show more content…
I think what Katie meant by it was that children who are “lost” or giving away in the system have a way to find their biological family; something that Vivian/Niamh/Dorothy wasn’t able to do. Katie exclaims that even though Vivian was possibly old enough to remember her birth name, that it must have been traumatic in some way to loose such an important shred of your
In 1864 Congress approved the Northern Pacific Railway to be built. The NPR is the first transcontinental railroad in the northern part of the country. It is 8,316 miles long, beginning in Minnesota and ending in Washington state, with many branches going off the main line. When congress approved it they also supplied nearly 40million acres of land grants to build the railroad on. Construction didn 't go underway until 1870, and the rail road was finally christened to open on Sept. 8 1888.
Everyone who has taken an American History class should be familiar with the southern slaves of the nineteenth escaping to freedom in the north, but often do not realize they were not the first ones with the idea of running away. Gregory Wigmore is a doctoral candidate for Department of History at the Univerity of California. In his article, “Before the Railroad: From Slavery to Freedom in the Canadian-American Borderland,” he explained how Canadian slaves escaped to North America in the Great Lake region before the times of the Underground Railroad. During this time the gradual emancipation of slaves was in effect in Canada since 1793, meaning that child slaves were still acknowledged as human property until they were twenty-five years of
The protagonists of both Erik Larson’s the Devil in the White City and Denis Johnson’s novella Train Dreams share similar experiences despite being located in different parts of the country. “That he'd taken on an acre and a home in the first place he owed to Gladys. He'd felt able to tackle the responsibilities that came with a team and wagon because Gladys had stayed in his heart and in his thoughts.” (Johnson, 82). At a time where women are beginning to venture out and become increasingly present in society, Grainier acknowledges the strength and support he received from his late-wife Gladys.
I’m sure you’ve been to school right? Well if you were alive in the 1900’s you wouldn’t. Yeah I’m sure you wish you didn’t have to got to school but you definitely would if you worked in a factory or worked as an African slave in the South. But if it wasn’t for two great people you would have to.
In the novel Orphan Train, the theme is having your home on your back like a turtle and feeling out of place. The definition of theme is the main message in a story. Molly got a turtle tattoo on her hip to symbolize her life and the struggles she has faced. Some of their struggles are harsher than others. Emotionally, Molly and Vivian experienced traumatic challenges and the feeling of loss.
In The Orphan Train a life of hardship and loneliness bring a troubled seventeen year old Molly looking for belonging and acceptance and a lonely ninety-one year old woman with a secret past to find that they have more in common than just cleaning out an attic. Seventeen year old Molly has her gothic looks and vegan lifestyle that her foster parents are fed up with. After Molly is caught stealing a book from the library, she is sent to serve her community service at Vivian’s huge mansion helping the woman clean out her attic. As Molly and Vivian go through the boxes in Vivian’s attic they discover something more than some old junk; they discover their identities.
The Orphan Train Did you have a happy childhood growing up? In the Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline shares the story of an often forgotten and quite tragic part of American history, orphan trains. Orphan trains were a system of trains that ran from 1854 to 1929. They started in New York and took abandoned children to several points throughout the midwest to be adopted.
Sir John A. Macdonald and the Canadian Government realized that it was necessary to build a railway for several governmental administrative reasons, such as enhancing the simplicity of travel and trade between provinces. As a result, the Dominion of Canada began manufacturing the Canadian Pacific Railway, which stretched from the Atlantic coast all the way across the continent to the Pacific. Furthermore, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company was established in early 1881 and instantaneously signed a contract with the Government to complete the construction of the line entirely within 10 years (Leary 8). During this tedious process, rails were progressing and advancing at a rapid speed, and by November 7, 1885, the final railing in the central
Early on the morning of October 26, a pedestrian was struck by a train in Ooltewah. Although the man survived, he did suffer a broken arm and lose one of his legs. Accidents like this are preventable when people are willing to take proper precautions around railroad tracks. If you are a pedestrian, consider the following tips when traveling near railroad tracks: Never play or walk on railroad tracks. Trains may come quickly and with little warning.
It is based on a true story, and it gives the readers a clear idea of what life was like for indigeneous Australians, in the time of the stolen generation. It also gives kids an appreciation for their own family and freedom. I strongly recommend this book for teachers to share with their students as it is educational, moving, and heart warming, and hopefully this will encourage the next generation to treat people equaly no matter where they are from or what they look
The setting (7) of the story, the train station, is a symbol for the place where Jig and the American man are at in their relationship and what lies ahead for them. This symbol also portrays the theme (8) of choice and consequences. They are at an impasse due to the pregnancy, and the train tracks are the futures that could happen based on Jig’s decision about the abortion and the baby. For instance, Jig could agree politely to the American man and go ahead
The protagonist of this novel, Lily Owens, has always had a troublesome life. Both her parents, Terrence Owens, also known as T. Ray, and Deborah Fontanel are ridden with illness, sadly caused from each other. Lily also meets a new family in this novel after running away from her cruel father who abuses her. This family is also dealing with mental illness. August Boatwright is a member of this family and has been surrounded by this sickness for more than half of her life.