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Christina Baker Kline

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Christina Baker Kline, the author of five novels, grew up in Maine, England, and the American South. She is married to a Midwesterner whose family history inspired her new novel, Orphan Train (April). Set in present-day Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train highlights the real-life story of the trains that between 1854 and 1929 carried more than 200,000 abandoned children from the East Coast to the Midwest. Kline imagines the journey of one such child, Vivian Daly, an Irish immigrant whose fate is determined by luck and chance. Orphan Train is the story of an unlikely friendship between 91-year-old Vivian Daly, whose experiences are far behind her, and Molly Ayer, a 17-year-old Penobscot Indian girl whose own troubled adolescence ...more

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Christina Baker Kline My new novel -- the one I'm working on now! -- is inspired by an iconic American painting, Christina's World, by Andrew Wyeth. It's the story of the…moreMy new novel -- the one I'm working on now! -- is inspired by an iconic American painting, Christina's World, by Andrew Wyeth. It's the story of the woman in the painting. You can see the painting here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christi....(less)
Christina Baker Kline My books are all quite different from each other, though my writing style is recognizable (or so people say!). I've been told that Sweet Water is most…moreMy books are all quite different from each other, though my writing style is recognizable (or so people say!). I've been told that Sweet Water is most similar to Orphan Train. It was my first novel. Maybe start there ... (less)
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Desire Lines

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“I've come to think that's what heaven is- a place in the memory of others where our best selves live on.”
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“I like the assumption that everyone is trying his best, and we should all just be kind to each other.”
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“I learned long ago that loss is not only probable but inevitable. I know what it means to lose everything, to let go of one life and find another. And now I feel, with a strange, deep certainty, that it must be my lot in life to be taught that lesson over and over again.”
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Vivek You are a great reviewer. I follow your recommendations


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