by Christina Baker Kline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In modern-day Maine, Molly, a defiant foster child is on the verge of being kicked out of yet another home. Enter Vivian, a 91 year old, wealthy widow, who gives Molly an opportunity to fulfill community service hours to avoid going to Juvie
. Through the 50 hours spent "cleaning" Vivian's attic, little is discarded, but much is learned. As each item is unboxed, memories of a childhood spent in rundown tenements, traveling as an orphan on a train across the country, living in destructive homes, and loss beyond measure are unveiled, while friendship and hope develop. Part historical fiction, part tale of friendship, and mostly a great story (even though things wrap up a bit too nicely for me).
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