Happy Bookers Discussion Group

Next meeting: Wednesday, August 27
at 7:00 p.m.

Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Klein

Close to aging out of the foster care system, Molly Ayer takes a position helping an elderly woman named Vivian and discovers that they are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past. Publishers Weekly called it a “heartfelt page turner,” while Kirkus described it as a “dramatic, emotional story from a neglected corner of American history.”

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Discussion Questions

On the surface, Vivian's and Molly's lives couldn't be more different. In what ways are their stories similar?

In the prologue Vivian mentions that her "true love" died when she was 23, but she doesn't mention the other big secret in the book. Why not?

Why hasn't Vivian ever shared her story with anyone? Why does she tell it now?

What role does Vivian's grandmother play in her life? How does the reader's perception of her shift as the story unfolds?

Why does Vivian seem unable to get rid of the boxes in her attic?

Vivian's name changes several times over the course of the novel: from Niamh Power to Dorothy Nielsen to Vivian Daly. How are these changes significant for her? How does each name represent a different phase of her life?


Questions excerpted from ReadingGroupGuides.com


 Upcoming Selections:

September - The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

October - The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

November - Arcadia by Lauren Groff

Happy Bookers selections are chosen by the participants.  Suggest a book for discussion

The Happy Bookers is Phillipsburg Library's monthly book discussion group.  We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.  Newcomers are always welcome, and no registration is necessary.  Call Deb at 908-454-3712 for more information.

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