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Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar…

Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion

by Melanie Benjamin (Contributor), Sarah McCoy

Other authors: Jenna Blum (Contributor), Amanda Hodgkinson (Contributor), Pam Jenoff (Contributor), Sarah Jio (Contributor), Sarah McCoy (Contributor)4 more, Kristina McMorris (Contributor), Alyson Richman (Contributor), Erica Robuck (Contributor), Karen White (Contributor)

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I am not a fan of short stories so this kind of put me off a bit. However, I did think that it was kind of nice that each short story was tied to each other in some way. This made for a great effort by each of the authors. ( )
  PamV | Mar 27, 2018 |
Each story is a gem reflecting changes in the US and around the world because of World War II and by the Holocaust. The stories capture the many emotions, memories, losses, hopes and plans of the realistic characters in each. Many scarred by the past, are frightened by the present but hopeful for the future.

All the stories were moving but the ones about women touched me the most for many reasons. Women, at that time, were mostly dependent on men so losing a husband, fiance, or father was life-changing as it was to Molly and her mother in Tin Town, as well as to Ella and her family in Strand of Pearls whose father was as good as lost. And the women who did become independent still needed men to give them job opportunities like Liesel in Going Home. And women like Mary in I'll Walk Alone who knew what harm her husband's return would do to her and their son, allowing a stranger to help her flee. But like Cata in The Branch of Hazel who lived through hell, these women chose to try to take control of their futures.

Would love to read longer versions of each of these stories. I also enjoyed the small connections each story had to the next showing that human experience and emotion are all connected. ( )
  Bookish59 | Sep 17, 2016 |
Comfortable and fairly predictable post-World War II stories play out in September, 1945, in Grand Central Station.

There are few genuine surprises aside from the fate of THE LUCKY ONE.

African American and Japanese American perspectives would have been a welcome addition,
as would non fiction biographies with the same element of meeting.

Cover photographs are Classics! ( )
  m.belljackson | Jul 15, 2016 |
This book contains a wonderful collection of short stories by a group of well known historical fiction authors. The stories are all linked in that they all are partly set in Grand Central Station NYC on the same day, shortly after the end of WWII. There are small ways that the stories link together e.g., one story features a violinist playing in the station, in the next story it will be noticed that there was lovely violin music in the background.

I have only read one book of short stories before and they were all written by one author (Diana Gabaldon). This is the first collection of short stories I have ever read. I like the way the stories often had small links, showing that they were all at Grand Central on the same day. I had read a couple of the authors before but now I will be more likely to pick up a book written by the others.

My particular favourites were "The Reunion" by Kristina McMorris and "The Harvest Season' by Karen White. ( )
  Roro8 | Mar 24, 2015 |
Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion, what an incredible and beautiful tribute to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal 101th birthday— with the main entrance to this historical landmark, dedicated to the former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis this past Monday, honoring her efforts to keep the station open.

This group of talented ten bestselling and inspiring authors have put together a beautiful collection of memorable stories, each unique. Every person has a story to tell; allowing readers to enter the lives of many who have passed through this historical landmark. It is a place with lovers meet and ones say goodbye.

Of course, my two of my favorite authors are featured, the queens of historical fiction: Sarah Jio and Karen White, fitting for this heartwarming and compelling read. In addition, my other long-time favorite author, Kristin Hannah, introduces the novel with a touching story, as she describes that often in our war fiction, we overlook the truths of women and their importance during this time.

As Hannah mentions, “This talented group of authors has taken an intriguing premise and coaxed from it a seamlessly integrated group of stories. In it, a single day in Grand Central Terminal—entrance to the melting pot of America—becomes the springboard for ten very different stories which when read together weave a beautiful tapestry about men and women and their war years.”

In some stories, the characters are finding new loves after devastating losses; while others are battling the terrible effects of the war and are seeking a better future. World War II was the last Great War for Americans, a time of national sacrifice and common goals. In our modern divided and conflicted world many of us long to glimpse a forgotten time, when the right path seemed easier to identify and follow. The Greatest Generation. This is what makes these stories powerful and compelling, as we revisit this era.

The characters are coming and going in so many different directions—not only geographically, but in their own individual lives. Set on the same day, just after the end of World War II, in a time of hope, uncertainty, change, and renewal.

I also enjoyed reading the other stories some authors which I have not had the opportunity of reading, prior to this book. A great way to make an introduction, to add to your to read list. I felt privileged to listen to the audiobook (and the e-book), from this distinguished group of authors, and narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer.

A special thank you, for putting together this gem, readers can treasure for years to come, and pass along to future generations. Highly recommend to fans of historical fiction and love stories, who will appreciate this deeply moving collection to remind us what was lost and hope for the future.

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  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
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Benjamin, MelanieContributorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCoy, Sarahmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Blum, JennaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hodgkinson, AmandaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jenoff, PamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jio, SarahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCoy, SarahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McMorris, KristinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Richman, AlysonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robuck, EricaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, KarenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hannah, KristinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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(Going Home)-For Stephen, my violinist, With special thanks to Joane Rogers. (The Lucky One) - For my Dad
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(Going Home) - He wasn't sure whether it was the vaulted ceilings or the marble floors that created the building's special acoustics.
(The Lucky One) - It was late September when Peter saw the woman who looked just like his mother, sitting in the Oyster Bar near one of the grand architectural columns that reminded him of the Hotel Adlon in Berlin.
(The Branch of Hazel) - A baby cried.
(The Kissing Room) - How embarrassing!
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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, bestselling author of The Baker’s Daughter
Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of Bridge of Scarlet Leaves
Alyson Richman, bestselling author of The Lost Wife
Erika Robuck, critically acclaimed author of Hemingway’s Girl
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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:26 -0400)

Presents short stories that all take place in and around New York City's Grand Central Station on the day after World War II ends, including contributions from such authors as Melanie Benjamin, Sarah Jio, and Amanda Hodgkinson.

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