"Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion", is compilation of ten short stories by ten noted authors. The theme is New York City's Grand Central Station on a day in September, 1945. WW2 is over, soldiers are returning home, and the four-sided clock, the "Kissing Room", and the Oyster Bar are scenes of reunion of lovers and family, and also for the disunion of some characters. Each story in some way relates to another story in the book.
I felt the problem with "Grand Central" - and the reason I'm giving it 3 stars - is that while a few of the stories really are quite good, many of the others are mediocre. I read "Grand Central" yesterday and I already can't remember most of the stories. Some of the stories - Jenna Blum's "The Lucky One", "Alyson Richman's "Going Home", and Karen White's "The Harvest Season" - could be expanded into book-length fiction; the others are merely okay.
Short stories are notoriously difficult to write because the author has to "miniaturize" plots and characters. I've read book-length fiction by most of the authors of "Grand Central" and quite enjoyed them. Perhaps the problem here is not bad writing - per se - but rather bad writing for the medium.
In any case, I enjoyed reading "Grand Central" and was intrigued how well some of the authors related one story to another. I think it will do nicely for a lazy afternoon read...and the keeping track of the authors for future work. Preferably, book-length.
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (27 August 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780425272022
- ISBN-13: 978-0425272022
- ASIN: 0425272028
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 20.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 68 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review