Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Review: Grand Central by Assorted Author

Grand Central
by Assorted Authors

Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: 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 just after the end of World War II, in a time of hope, uncertainty, change, and renewal….

Kritters Thoughts:  A collection of short stories from a perfect list of writers who are masters in historical fiction and all of these stories are centered around a US landmark - Grand Central Station.  Set during the conclusion of World War II, many people may their way through Grand Central Station for many reasons and these authors tap into many of those reasons.  

Not only was this a collection of short stories that all had a location in common, they magically weaved their characters in and out of each other stories and I adored it!  I couldn't believe that they were able to get these characters to show up so seamlessly in the backgrounds of each others stories - can you tell that I loved it?!  Each story was so unique in their way of portraying the events that were happening at the close of the war and also in different parts of the country.    

I read the ebook copy of this book and I am bound to buy it and try to get each author to sign it - eventually.  I hope that this is the first of many landmarks that these ladies use to show history from many points of view.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2014 Challenge: 41 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Penguin.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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