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It is very well researched and imagined, and the tale is finely spun - the author is quite a storyteller. It is also tremendously visual – you will feel as if you are watching a movie as the story unrolls - in part because lines from Irish songs are used to help shift between successive chapters, which is very effective.
Told in heart wrenching detail through the eyes of three orphans, Kind structures the story in rotating chapters, alternating among the three. We get to know Molly, Tom, and Daniel in depth as the story weaves its way across time and geography. Against the historical backdrop of the Civil War, Kind deftly raises parallels between slavery and the forced labor the children are consigned to, as well as ownership of wives by husbands. A strong woman character reflects the early movement that will bring women the right to vote 50 years later.
The fate of each child makes for a compelling read, and Kind weaves it all together at the end. It's a story of love, friendship, faith, and ultimately resilience. New York Orphan holds a mirror up to current times as the issue of immigration once again demands decisions. It's hard not to think of all the Mollys, Toms, and Daniels seeking refuge, and pray for a humane solution.
Orphan is an emotionally satisfying read.
What I particularly liked about New York Orphan was the author's efficiency. Every line, every conversation, every scene built the narrative and more importantly built the characters. I've read a lot of books which are replete with 'filler' material, but Kind manages successfully to craft a story in which every word counts. In my book, (pardon the pun), that makes for great writing. I look forward to reading more from Rosemary J. Kind.