Miami Valley residents, friends, co-workers, neighbors and strangers read the same book and join together for thought-provoking discussions and events. This six-week program is held annually in late winter/early spring. Details about The Big Read are announced at your nearest library, bookstore, and through the Dayton Daily News.
Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude? As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.
Join in with your community in discussing this book! The Library will be holding Big Read Book Discussions in early spring. Registration is not required.
Go to www.bigread.org to find more information and more book discussion events.
Washington-Centerville Public Library is a founding sponsor of The Big Read. The program is sponsored by a collaborative group of Miami Valley libraries, bookstores, universities, the Friends of the Washington-Centerville Public Library and other non-profit organizations and the Dayton Daily News.