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!)
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.
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.