In a train station during World War II, a bystander could witness hundreds of small dramas unfold. Grand Central is a collection of short stories, all taking place at New York City’s Grand Central Station on the same day in November 1945, right after the end of World War II.
Grand Central features ten bestselling or acclaimed authors, and each story is lightly connected as characters encounter the characters from earlier stories. Each highlights a different aspect of the war, from the Holocaust survivor trying to find his way in the world again, to a wife waiting for her returning husband, to a girl longing to be reunited with her father. My favorites were Kristina McMorris‘s “The Reunion,” about a former pilot in the WASP program who is searching for redemption, and Amanda Hodgkinson‘s “Tin Town,” about a little British girl who is very unhappy about coming to America with her war bride mother – and learns the meaning of sacrificial love.
For my more sensitive readers, a few of the stories contain “language,” but the overall theme of hope and renewal after the harshness of war was refreshing, and I thoroughly enjoyed this collection.