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Get Ready to Visit Grand Central Station in This New Anthology (Giveaway)

June 30, 2014

grand centralThe summer of my 15th year, my family and I embarked on trip that took us from Washington, D.C. to New York to Connecticut. Our mode of transpiration between cities was an Amtrak. We boarded the train that took us from New York City to Hartford, Connecticut (to visit family) at Grand Central Station. Although I don’t have very distinct memories of the station itself, I do remember the excitement of being at a famous place that – until then – I’d only heard about in movies and books.

Since that family vacation 23 years ago, my experience with New York’s famous Grand Central Station has been mainly from watching Law and Order episodes and listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s haunting post-9/11 ballad (you seriously need to listen to this song if you’re unfamiliar with it).

That is until I received a copy of Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion. After reading the stories, all I want to do is visit Grand Central just to soak up the ambiance.

This book is an anthology of short stories that all begin at New York’s Grand Central Terminal on the very same date, just after World War II ended. The tales were written by some of the biggest names in women’s fiction today and some of my favorite writers! Seriously, just take a look at who contributed stories:

  • Karen White, After the Rain
  • Erika RobuckHemingway’s Girl, Call me Zelda, Fallen Beauty
  • Alyson Richman, The Lost Wife
  • Jenna Blum, Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers
  • Sarah Jio, Blackberry Winter
  • Pam Jenoff, The Ambassador’s Daughter
  • Amanda Hodgkinson, 22 Britannia Road
  • Melanie Benjamin, The Aviator’s Wife
  • Sarah McCoy, The Baker’s Daughter
  • Kristina McMorris, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

The book was inspired by the 100th anniversary of Grand Central last year, and the millions of people that passed through the the station. The stories range from a war bride who awaits the arrival of her GI husband at the platform, to a Holocaust survivor who works at the Oyster Bar where a customer reminds him of his late mother, and a Hollywood hopeful who anticipates her first screen test and a chance at stardom in the Kissing Room.

Grand Central is the perfect summer read. Take it along with you to the beach or pool and you can easily read a few stories in one sitting. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

GIVEAWAY: I have one copy of Grand Central to give to one lucky reader. To be entered to win, leave a comment telling me what’s on your summer reading list. The giveaway closes Thursday, July 3 at 5 pm Pacific time. 

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Grand Central to review for this blog post.  All opinions are my own and I only endorse books that I am proud to recommend to others.

8 Comments
  1. June 30, 2014 2:48 am

    I have been looking forward to this book! My summer reading list is long… just finished Natalia Sylvester’s Chasing the Sun and Jolina’s The Midwife!! Next up… finishing Redeployment by Phil Klay and Struck by Genius by Jason Padgett and Maureen Seaberg!

  2. June 30, 2014 4:26 am

    What a great idea for a book. Would love to read it.
    I’m reading The Interestings and also A Replacement Life. I have a Colum MaCann on deck, and always on the look out for new books.

  3. Happy Aston permalink
    June 30, 2014 4:44 am

    Thanks, Leah! My summer reading list is short, but so is my time: “Hungry Monkey” and “Refining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualization of Girlhood from Birth to Tween”.

  4. Kate I. permalink
    June 30, 2014 4:35 pm

    My summer reading list is a tad long, so I’ll hit some highlights: THE BOOK OF LIFE by Deborah Harkness, MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King, and THE YONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS (am currently reading a paperback copy).

  5. June 30, 2014 7:00 pm

    This book piqued my interest from the start — especially, as you say, when you see the stellar list of authors. What am I reading this summer/plan to read? The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing; The Son; The Museum of Extraordinary Things; and thanks to you, A Fall of Marigolds. Cannot wait. Need more hours in each day!

  6. Jennifer Huelsebusch permalink
    July 1, 2014 9:06 am

    Grand Central is definitely on my list this summer. I am currently reading Karen White’s A Long Time Gone. Also on my list are Beatriz William’s The Secret Life of Violet Grant and Emily Giffin’s The One and Only.

  7. July 2, 2014 7:39 am

    Thanks for this give-away, Leah. My to-read stack for the summer is large (as usual!). Among those at the top of the pile are BURIAL RITES, IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYON and CHINA DOLLS. I’m currently reading THE LAST RIVER CHILD.

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