Christina Baker Kline

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Baker Kline at the Kalamazoo Public Library in 2016.

Christina Baker Kline (born 1964) is an award-winning American novelist. She is the author of seven novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Orphan Train, and has co-authored or edited five non-fiction books. Kline is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship recipient.[citation needed]


She was born in Cambridge, England, and raised in Cambridge, the American South, and in Maine. Kline is a graduate of Yale (BA in English), Cambridge University (MA in Literature), and the University of Virginia (MFA), where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing.[1]

Teaching career[edit]

Kline served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University from 2007 to 2011, where she taught graduate and undergraduate creative writing and literature.[2]



  • Sweet Water (1993)
  • Desire Lines (1999)
  • The Way Life Should Be (2007)
  • Bird in Hand (2009)
  • Orphan Train (2013)
  • A Piece of the World (2017)[3]
  • Orphan Train Girl (2017)[4]

Orphan Train[edit]

Set on present-day Mount Desert Island, Maine and in Depression-era Minnesota, Kline's fifth novel, Orphan Train, highlights the real-life story of the orphan trains that between 1854 and 1929 carried thousands of orphaned, abandoned, and destitute children from the East Coast to the Midwest.[5] Since its publication in 2013, Orphan Train has been a bestseller on all the national lists in the U.S.[6]


  • The Conversation Begins: Mothers and Daughters Talk about Living Feminism (1994), with her mother, Christina L. Baker.

As editor[edit]

  • Child of Mine: Original Essays on Becoming a Mother (1997)
  • Room to Grow: Twenty-Two Writers Encounter the Pleasures and Paradoxes of Raising Young Children (1999)
  • Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents (2006), with Allison Gilbert
  • About Face: Women Write about What They See When They Look in the Mirror (2008), with Anne Burt


  1. ^ "Christina's Bio". Christina Baker Kline web page. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "People - Faculty". Fordham University English Department. 
  3. ^ Kline, Christina Baker (7 December 2016). "A Piece of the World". Kirkus Review. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  4. ^ ORPHAN TRAIN GIRL by Christina Baker Kline , Sarah Thomson | Kirkus Reviews. 
  5. ^ "After Tragedy, Young Girl Shipped West On 'Orphan Train'". NPR. April 11, 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Kline, Christina Baker (May 10, 2013). "Hard choice: Going straight to softcover". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 

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