This is a lovely story of the lives of two women. Vivian, in her nineties, was an immigrant, orphan, and an abused child Molly, in her late teens, was abandoned and lived in foster care most of her life. Even though both reacted differently to their abandonment and being raised by strangers, they enriched each others lives.
The process of organizing an attic generated a story from the orphan train which ran from 1854-1929. The idea of portage runs through out the story as both women move from place to place taking what they can with them to glue their own lives together.
This was a lovely way introduce some of the history of the orphan train.