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Author Christina Baker Cline at Bank Square Books

Published February 06. 2014 4:00AM

"Orphan Train" is Christina Baker Cline's first novel since the very successful "Bird in Hand," and it brings her Friday to Mystic for an author's luncheon at Bank Square Books.

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains routinely ran from the East Coast to the heartland, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates were then subject to luck. In the new book, Cline tells the story of two women - separated by generations - whose life experiences are very similar. Aging Vivian Daly was indeed an "orphan train" kid; 17-year-old Molly Ayers, a Penobscot Indian, has spent most of her life in foster homes.

When the two meet by accident, they develop a friendship that not only offers emotional empathy but also provides the fuel to help each learn and resolve family secrets.

- RICK KOSTER

Christina Baker Cline, noon Friday, Bank Square Books, 53 West Main St., Mystic; author's luncheon; $14.99 includes signed copy of "Orphan Train," lunch, and discussion time with author; RSVP required; (860) 536-3795, banksquarebooks.com.

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