Marilyn Campbell, a keen observer of the human condition, applies the knowledge she gained working as a social worker for a public agency to the development of her characters as they enter adulthood. Marilyn published Trains to Concordia in 2015 and its sequel, A Train to Nowhere, in 2018, and continues to compose short stories and poetry for anthologies and small journals. She lives in Napa, California with her husband, Michael.
Marilyn will be signing both of her books at the Oxbow shop.
A coming of age story about Charley O'Brien who rode the orphan train from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Concordia, Kansas in 1895. He fights to protect his sister when their parents are killed in a train accident, but learns that conditions in the foster family, with whom they are placed, is a bigger threat to their safety.
A lovers' quarrel. A wild mustang. A card game gone bad. These are only some of the complications which threaten to derail a young couple's plan for independence. In this sequel to Trains to Concordia, Charley O'Brien and Christina Batachi pursue their dream of becoming landowners in the summer of 1900 by stowing away in a boxcar heading West.