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Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion

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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,
Paperback, 356 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Berkley
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Theresa You did not miss much of anything. However, I'm not 100% sure I caught everything as I realize I'm not the most careful reader at all times. The "conn…moreYou did not miss much of anything. However, I'm not 100% sure I caught everything as I realize I'm not the most careful reader at all times. The "connection" in most of the stories was more just an overlap. For example something like this would happen: main character would be in Grand Central and see a pretty girl in a yellow dress. See her drop her suitcase and feel sorry for her. In either a previous or upcoming story the main character would be wearing a yellow dress and lose her luggage. Another thing that was reoccurring was the Oyster bar as a setting from one of the stories and many characters heard the violin music from the first story. However, the best and most important (in my option ) came in the last two stories. The next to the last story ended somewhat up in the air. We see in the final story that the lead character has made it back to the terminal and is rushing and calling for the man she hopes to travel and establish a life with. It was relatively subtle and Im not sure had a person taken time off between stories it would have been caught.

Hope this helps. I see it's been almost a year since you asked -- but I just today finished the book.

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Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Officially as of 4pm today, THIS teacher is on vacay! Goal #1 is to finally trim down my TBR shelf, some of these titles have been begging for me to read them for a long while. This short story collection features ten different works written by some of my favorite authors. As I always do when reading this type of collection, I will rate each short story and I do put quotes that are part of my KOBO edition.

World War II. Today, that's all it takes for me. Tell me it's a novel set during that wa
Laura Kay Bolin
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been highly anticipating Grand Central for some time now. A number of the authors who took part in the anthology are among my favorites. This was either going to be a good thing or a bad.

In a word, Grand Central is fantastic. I devoured each and every story. Every story is it's own unique tale. I could picture myself as a bystander simply standing at the Grand Central Terminal--all the stories are happening on the same day. We as the reader get to peek into the lives of passersby, one day i
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historic-fiction
I probably would have enjoyed this a lot more if the title and cover art weren't misleading. All the stories do take place in 1945 and Grand Central Station does play a role to a greater or lesser extent in all of them. And, yes, there are reunions. But the story arcs for nearly all of the stories are not about the reunion itself, but of a character's development as they think through the past prior to the reunion (if there is one, there isn't always.) The focus is generally on a single characte ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars overall I think :)

I'm always wary of anthologies, since most times I don't end up liking some or alot of the stories.

I took a chance on this one because two reasons: World War Two and an excellent spread of authors. (Though Alyson Richman, Sarah Jio, and Karen White's were the main reason of reason two haha). Some of these authors I didn't know but had heard good things an about so I was excited for this to come in the mail.

Was pleasantly surprised, love when that happens:)

All of thes
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the things I enjoy about a collection of short stories is the ability to read one or two, take a break and go back to it at some point. Not so with Grand Central! I sat down with it on a rainy Saturday and read through the entire collection. I felt like I was right there -Grand Central Station, Sept 1945 -I swear I could hear the music playing and imagined the woman in the yellow dress…the roses..the train ride…all of it. The love, loss, heartbreak and hope. Stories written with heart and ...more
Sara Hauser
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
The title should be changed. Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion makes the reader think they are in for love and romance, sweetness and happiness. There was really only one happy ending, and maybe a few that didn't completely depress me.
The stories were well written, but not what I went into this book expecting.
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of anthologies. In point of fact I actually make serious effort to avoid them whenever possible. I know it isn't fair, but these collections drive me crazy. The authors are rarely matched, the stories usually bleed together and by the time I reach the end, I usually want to scream.

Now I know what you're thinking. If I hate these publications so much, why did I not only pick up, but actually spend money on Grand Central? The answer my friends is simple: World War II. I'm a suc
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like reading stories that take place in the WWII era. This time period fascinates me. This is why when I heard about this anthology I had to check it out. I have to say that this is a fantastic anthology. I loved almost all of the stories in this collection. Not to say that the ones I did not love were bad because they were good. It is just that I wanted more out of them. They kind of felt incomplete as short stories. Or they did not bring me into the story as well as the others did. Although ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A true masterpiece.

Everything about this anthology, from the cover photo to the amazing cast of authoresses, is absolute perfection. I was whisked away 10 times over to another time and place, emotionally entangled in the reality of life post WWII. Among the greatest moments of my life thus far was being present not only for the launch of this book at Grand Central Terminal, but the absolute honor and privilege to share dinner with the authors themselves in the famed Oyster Bar Restaurant. The
Susan Peterson
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this anthology, a wonderful collection of short stories, each to be read and savored! First of all, what a brilliant concept: 10 of the best authors on the planet, each writing a story which takes place in part at Grand Central Station right after the end of WWII. Such an intriguing idea to begin with! Each story was a delight on its own, rich in characters and story. I loved reading how each author described the look, feel, and ambiance of Grand Central Station in their own u ...more
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars*
I enjoyed this book and enjoyed reading stories from authors I haven't read before. My favorites were the stories by Sarah Jio and Pam Jenoff, I'd give both if those 5 stars. I'm interested in reading more from the other authors featured in this anthology.
Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion

First story by Jenna Blum 2.5 stars
Second story by Sarah McCoy 3 stars

I expected more of both short stories. I have read a book by Jenna Blum before and loved it. This one did her name not honor.

If you like to read WW2 novels I recommend you to read one of these:
- Those Who Save Us
- Sarah's Key
- Chateau of Secrets
- The Search
- The Postmistress
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: joanne

Brought to you by OBS reviewer JoAnne

This is an anthology of short stories that take place just after the close of World War II. They are all connected to Grand Central Station, and much of the action takes place there. The stories themselves are not all happy; many are filled with pain, fear, hope and love. They all take place on or around the same day in September 1945.

Each story is separate unto itself, but many of the stories reference, ever so slightl
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I have read enough books to know not to judge a book by its cover but in this case I still did it. This cover was awesome and it summed up everything I was craving to read, war time lovers about to embrace at a historically romantic location. I wanted to experience that cover again and again with each story. Let me be blunt, most of these stories are not that cover. Not to say that they aren't extremely well written but it's almost like most of them had a bet on who could write the most potent t ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
The stories in this book are all worth reading. Some have happy endings, and some do not. But stories center around people who have, for one reason or another, a purpose for being at Grand Central Station right after WWII. They are there to meet loved ones, to travel to meet loved ones, to wait for loved ones who will not return.

One of the stories I particularly liked was an acknowledgement of the exemplary heroism and strength of women who ferried planes to and from their intended destinations
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten mesmerizing short stories that successfully capture the atmosphere and feel of Grand Central Station in September 1945, just after World War II, where we meet European refugees, returning soldiers and hard-working single women, go in and out of this beautiful pivotal place; and decide what to do with their future.
The introduction to the book by Kristin Hannah had me totally hooked, even before I started.

Story 1: Going Home by Alyson Richman – two young lonely souls, who were able to escape
I really enjoyed this collection of World War II fiction. I enjoyed the concept that all had a central theme of Grand Central Terminal in NYC. I found it very interesting how some writers chose to use the location considerably while others simply used it as a backdrop or a starting or ending place. As would be expected with a collection of different authors some of the stories appealed to me more so than others. While I can honestly say none were poor or of a lesser quality, I can however say th ...more
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2014
Last year Grand Central Station turned 100 years old. This drew a renewed interest in its history and the millions of stories of people who had passed through its doors. A group of best-selling authors decided to create their own stories set at Grand Central on the same day, just after the end of World War II. After reading each other's stories, the authors found a way to piece their stories together, connecting characters from one story into the next. The result is truly well-done.

All of the s
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 Ter
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an anthology of short stories by a group of top selling women authors and all of the stories at least partially take place in Grand Central station in New York City at the end of World War II. Some of them are romances, some are stories of Holocaust survivors trying to survive in a new environment - the stories touch on many aspects of life during this tumultuous time period in America. All of the stories are fantastic but some of them will stay with you long after you long after you hav ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed all of these end of WWII stories set at Grand Central Terminal in NYC; I rated them 4, 4.5, and 5. The last short story "Harvest Season" was so good I'm wanting more, more, more! There's a lot of variety in the stories and several were written by authors I've already read and admired. Two years ago we visited the terminal and I commented to hubby that there must be a million stories (if only the walls could talk). We also ate at the Oyster Bar, which appears in several scene ...more
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
The idea of ten authors each writing a story that took place on the same day, at least partly in Grand Central Station was irresistible to me, and I was not disappointed. The stories were set just after the end of WW II, and represented a wide range of people and their war experiences, and although they were written by different people, and the subjects and situations very different from each other, there was a sense of connection. I especially enjoyed the cameo appearances that characters from ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Superbly written by 12 New York Times Best Selling Authors! Each short story is unique unto itself. There is an underlying theme that ties them all together. The Grand Central Station Terminal is the setting for all of the stories. Unique to the book are the many features in each story that are scattered throughout connecting these stories.
I highly recommend Grand Central if you enjoy historical fiction!
I thoroughly enjoyed it! Well done ladies!!
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed. A lot of the writing was less than stellar, and I kept hoping the next story would be a surprise. The last one, by Karen White, was my favorite. But most of the stories were pretty forgettable.
Jodi Walters
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Do not think these are stories of reunited loves. They are not. They are good heart moving stories but they are not of reunions of the heart warming sort. They are stories of the heart moving sort that will more likely than not leave you in tears.
Gary Parkes
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent novel! Loved getting to sample ten authors in one book. Each story could have gone on to be its own novel. In fact, I hope some of the stories will turn in to their own novels.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was originally drawn to this book by the stellar list of historical fiction authors that contributed to this collection of short stories. But truth be told, I'm not a big fan of short stories, or perhaps I should say, I wasn't a fan. But I have found that this collection, packs an emotional punch. Each of the stories feature Grand Central terminal in some way on a single day in September 1945. The time period is just as WW2 has ended and servicemen and women are returning home to their loved o ...more
Ian Brown
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
For once a tale to tell.. what great and commanding storytelling. I felt I was there... it so resonated with me and I know nothing about that era. Just reminded me of the stories told me by my great Nana Matilda.. loved it!!
Camille Maio
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't usually care for short stories, but in the hands of such exceptional historical fiction writers, I couldn't resist. They did an excellent job imagining the lives of the strangers we pass in a train station. I recommend it! ...more
Lisa Miller
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just loved being swept away by this collection of short stories. Especially loved the one by Alyson Richman, as always--she's the best of the best. ...more
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JENNA BLUM is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels THOSE WHO SAVE US (Harcourt, 2004), THE STORMCHASERS (Dutton, 2010), and THE LOST FAMILY (Harper Collins, 2018); the novella "The Lucky One" in GRAND CENTRAL (Berkeley/Penguin, July 2014); the audio course “The Author At Work: The Art of Writing Fiction” (Recorded Books, 2015).
Her first memoir, WOODROW ON THE BENCH,

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