Review: Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion

Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion
Berkley Books, New York, 2014

A collection of short stories by:
Melanie Benjamin, Jenna Blum, Amanda Hodgkinson, Pam Jenoff, Sarah Jio, Sarah McCoy, Kristina McMorris, Alyson Richman, Erika Robuck, Karen White

Introduction by Krisin Hannah

Description (from amazon)

A war bride awaits the arrival of her GI husband at the platform…

A Holocaust survivor works at the Oyster Bar, where a customer reminds him of his late mother…
A Hollywood hopeful anticipates her first screen test and a chance at stardom in the Kissing Room…

On any particular day, thousands upon thousands of people pass through New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, through the whispering gallery, beneath the ceiling of stars, and past the information booth and its beckoning four-faced clock, to whatever destination is calling them. It is a place where people come to say hello and good-bye. And each person has a story to tell.

Now, ten bestselling authors inspired by this iconic landmark have created their own stories, set on the same day, just after the end of World War II, in a time of hope, uncertainty, change, and renewal….

Featuring stories from

Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife
Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us
Amanda Hodgkinson, New York Times bestselling author of 22 Britannia Road
Pam Jenoff, bestselling author of The Ambassador’s Daughter
Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter
Sarah McCoy, New York Times bestselling author of The Baker’s Daughter
Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of The Pieces We Keep
Alyson Richman, bestselling author of The Lost Wife
Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Call Me Zelda
Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of After the Rain

With an Introduction by

Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Home Front

My Review (5 Stars: Loved it!)

 
I first learned of this anthology at the end of last year when reviewing:  The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris.  I was so excited to have recently been offered the opportunity to review  Grand Central prior to it’s publication date: July 1, 2014.

Kristina McMorris spearheaded the idea of gathering ten best selling authors to commemorate 100 years since the creation of one of the nations most historical landmarks, Grand Central Terminal.  All of these unique short stories feature Grand Central Terminal in some way and are also about the time when WWII ended.

After reading the wonderful introduction by Kristin Hannah, I felt this was going to be good collection and it was.  I didn’t read the stories in the order they were presented in the book.  I quickly read the two stories by the authors I was most familiar with: The Reunion by Kristina McMorris and The Harvest Season by Karen White.  I loved both.  Both made me cry!  Then I took my time and enjoyed the others.  They did not all make me cry, but were all so clever.  I was happy to have the chance to preview some new authors that I was not familiar with.

The creativity of these writers is amazing.  They each took a common theme and wrote completely different short stories.  Each one was very enjoyable in its own way.

Contents
 
Introduction by Kristin Hannah   vii
Going Home by Alyson Richman   1
The Lucky One by Jenna Blum   39
The Branch of Hazel by Sarah McCoy   77
The Kissing Room by Melanie Benjamin  113
I’ll Be Seeing You by Sarah Jio   147
I’ll Walk Alone  by Erika Robuck  181
The Reunion by Kristina McMorris  217
Tin Town by Amanda Hodgkinson  255
Strand of Pearls by Pam Jenoff  289

The Harvest Season by Karen White  321

 
I would like to thank the publishers, The Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Group (USA) for sending me this book, free of charge, for review.

Disclosure of Material Connection:

I received this book  free from the publisher, The Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Group (USA).  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

7 comments

  1. I have a copy of this book and will be reading it soon, so I’m so glad to see you loved it! What a great collection of authors!

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