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Het afscheid eBook Á Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • Het afscheid
  • Jenna Blum
  • Dutch
  • 11 November 2018

Het afscheid[Reading] ➾ Het afscheid ➵ Jenna Blum – Essayreview.co.uk Een Holocaust overlever werkt in de Oyster Bar, waar een klant hem doet denken aan zijn in de oorlog gestorven moeder Op zomaar een willekeurige dag passeren duizenden mensen het Grand Central Station Een Holocaust overlever werkt in de Oyster Bar, waar een klant hem doet denken aan zijn in de oorlog gestorven moeder Op zomaar een willekeurige dag passeren duizenden mensen het Grand Central Station van New York De fluistergalerij, het plafond vol sterren, het informatiehuisje en de enorme, vierzijdige klok het is een plek waar mensen komen voor afscheid en weerzien En elk van hen heeft een verhaal te vertellen Bestsellerauteurs Jenna Blum en Sarah McCoy hebben zich voor de verhalen in Het afscheid laten inspireren door dit iconische New Yorkse station Hun op elkaar aansluitende verhalen spelen zich af vlak na de Tweede Wereldoorlog, een tijd van hoop, onzekerheid, verandering en vernieuwing.


About the Author: Jenna Blum

JENNA BLUM is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels THOSE WHO SAVE US Harcourt, , THE STORMCHASERS Dutton, , and THE LOST FAMILY Harper Collins, Jenna is also the author of the novella The Lucky One in GRAND CENTRAL Berkeley Penguin, July and the audio course The Author At Work The Art of Writing Fiction Recorded Books, Jenna is one of Oprah s Top Women Writers She s based in Boston, where she taught at Boston University and now teaches at Grub Street Writers, where she has run fiction workshops for over years Jenna also travels nationally and internationally to speak about her books and writing Please visit Jenna on her website, jennablum, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


10 thoughts on “Het afscheid

  1. says:

    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 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 war and you have a better than even chance of snagging my attention Add that it s epic or a love story and you have me ordering the book in advance Author Introduction by Kristin Hannah Oh yes, that is how it is for me but with the exception of the romance portion but definitely it is true of the time period Going Home Alyson Richman 4 stars Your son has a gift Sell what you must, but get him a violin and find a way to get him lessons And do it as quickly as you canThe first story in the collection features Zelik, a refugee of World War II now making a living in a tiny corner of Grand Central Station playing his violin Zelik is haunted by the memories of what happened in his village and to his parents, but he hopes that his music can touch those around him And one day it does as he notices a young woman pass his way at the apple strudel stand That woman is Liesel, another refugee, a talented young dancer that was sponsored to come to New York City before the war closed the borders Unfortunately, Liesel s parents could not come and were left behind in Czechoslovakia Soon the violinist and the dancer connect and the beginning of a love story sweeps us away It s classic AR and having read 5 of her novels, I was swept away by this post war romance The Lucky One by Jenna Blum 5 stars No one throws a gut punch like Jenna Blum I do believe I have never fully recovered from Those Who Save Us which I read in May 2014 A German refugee and Holocaust Survivor, Peter is living with his cousins in New York City His American cousin, Sol, treats Peter s story as a little bit of a circus show, including having Peter revealing the physical evidence of his time in Auschwitz Asof Peter s story is revealed, Jenna Blum explores the differences between the experience of the European Jews and the way other Jewish communities in the west viewed them There is one scene in particular that is very heartbreaking and shows that in the immediate aftermath of the war, there was a real lack of understanding as to what exactly had occurred in Europe The Branch of Hazel by Sarah McCoy 3.5 stars You cannot come home to Luxembourg, Cata s mother had penned when the war ended It s too dangerous Your brothers are young and still in school Your father could lose his business Author Sarah McCoy and I have a very topsy turvy relationship, but I enjoyed the exploration of a woman fleeing Europe to America because of her involvement in the Lebensborn program As Cata takes the train from New York to Boston, she meets a blind man, Mr Krupper, who offers insights into life that not only has her reflect on the choices of her past, but gives Cata an idea of what she can do with her future The Kissing Room by Melanie Benjamin 2 stars Another author that I have a rollercoaster type relationship with s I loved The Avitator s Wife but wasn t entirely won over byAlice I have Been. In this short story, Marjorie, is an aspiring New York actress fresh from Philiadephia I get that the angle was a woman in post war America trying to make it in the world, but it didn t really intrigue meI ll Be Seeing You by Sarah Jio 2.5 stars There may always be a man waiting for you, she says But you can t hinge life s most important decisions on which man is waiting for you You have to do what your heart wants The first author in the collection that I have never read, Sarah Jio presents a melodramatic romance where the main female protagonist is forced to make a choice between the two men that she loves Reminiscient of Hollywood films of the 30 s and 40 s, the overall story just didn t ring true for a cynical modern woman such as I have the habit of being I ll Walk Alone by Erika Robuck 3.5 stars Now this is perhaps the short story that I will remember the most because it is reflective that not everyone waiting at Grand Central station was looking forward to a potential reunion As Robuck s main protagonist, Mary Josephine and her young son, Timmy wait for the arrival of husband and father, Mitch, flashbacks reveal that this marriage was less than rosyThe Reunion by Kristina McMorris4 stars How is it you two are best of friends or worst of enemies, and never in between Acknowledged by many of the other authors for bringing the idea of this collection to their attention, Mcmorris takes a look at the women who took to the skies as pilots during the war Another author that I have never read, but is an author that I have had on my TBR for a long time, I enjoyed McMorris exploration of the fierce competition between these pilotsTin Town by Amanda Hodgkinson 3 5 stars Another author that has captured my heart see and cry over 22 Britannia Road, if you dare and I was so excited to see her name in this collection Surrounding the story of the British GI Brides that emigrated to the US, Hodgkinson s youthful protagonist, Molly, accompanies her mother, Irene and another war bride, Mrs Lewis to Grand Central Station to greet their returning soldiers Molly, we soon learn aches for the family farm in England and is hesitant about her stepfather, Jack who she feels doesn t really want her I think what struck me was how beautiful the ending of this story wasStrand of Pearls by Pam Jenoff 3.5 stars Each of us must find his or her own path Ella travels from Shanghai to New York City to find her father that came to America 5 years before What she discovers is not exactly what she anticipates, but a chance encounter with a fellow new arrival, David, makes her think about what kind of future she wants for herself The ending is a bit shaky and a bit open for interpretationThe Harvest Season by Karen White 4 starsSome people break in a strong wind, while others learn to bend into it. Another author that lingers on my TBR shelf as a want to read , Karen White explores a returning GI and his discovery that his family has relied on German POW s to work in their cotton fields and that s not the only thing that has changed Overall, another great addition to the WWII historical fiction fan s library

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    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 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 in the history of Grand Central.Within a number of the short stories there is the most subtle overlay of an earlier character in another story, gently weaving the Grand Central Terminal together I was a bit curious how these authors were going to fully engage me into such short stories and yet each and everyone of them did just that Many of them, if not all, I felt could easily be turned into full novels Each story had me engaged in the protagonists life Some of these stories brought me to tears, some made me angry, some melted my heart I was impressed by how different each story was, just as each of our stories are very different as we pass one another in life We go home to different circumstances, different history, different pain, different hopes.At the close of Grand Central, I sat back as it had been reaffirmed why some of these authors are indeed on my list of favorites The authors I hadn t read before are now on my list of authors to read As someone who is often asked to give author recommendations, I am thrilled to tell people to read Grand Central to have an opportunity to read from ten wonderful authors Each different and wonderful

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    I probably would have enjoyed this a lotif 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 I probably would have enjoyed this a lotif 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 character s personal moment of growth, rather than a couple s moment Most of the stories are also sad, filled with betrayals of some kind, or just very sad life stories For example, one is a woman fleeing from an abusive husband, another a teen discovering her father is a bigamist Many of the stories are about Jewish refugees in fact they far outnumber the returning soldiers in this book Most of the stories are very well written and insightful, even moving, definitely above typical story collection standards So much so that I found myself turning to research several authors in Goodreads to see what else they have done that I could get And, many of the historic details are spot on, which is always a pleasure.Nevertheless, what I was in the mood for this evening was what the book title and cover promised love, reunited couples, returning soldiers, lovers turned strangers turning into lovers again Even relief and happiness Only a single one of these stories had that focus, and even it was focused faron the past backstory than the book s present, and was told from the point of view of a child, rather than the couple in question So this book gets two stars for broken promises Standing on its own merits, differently titled, I think it might have been a 3.5 with several of the stories hitting a 4 and two sitting at 1

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    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 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 these take place in around going through Grand Central station I ll be doing a short review of each story points down Here we go Going home Alyson Richman4 starsMy first taste of Alyson Richman, though I ve heard alot of good things about her.This is one of those stories I wish had been longer because I fell in love with these characters Only 39 pages but everything is so rich that you can feel the atmosphere and people around you You feel and root for Gregori and Liesel, wanting them to meet and interact with each other You hope the same hopes as Liesel for her family and herself.The ending made me smile though, the promise of the future shining in the lat sentences sighs A lovely wonderful story. nothing else to say He realized he was playing it for both himself and the girl, two strangers in New York who were neither Americans nor completely refugees But a pair or souls finding themselves caught between each of those worlds The Lucky one by Jenna Blum4starsA bit heavy but a well executed story I just wanted to hug Peter and dive into the pages to help him Not sure exactly what to say here, this story was beautiful in a tragic way not sure if that s the right phrase but it s close The ending leaves me hoping for the best with Peter, that he ll find a way for himself Watches the train pull off into the distance and waves Not a light story but a compelling read The branch of Hazel by Sarah McCoy3.5 starsThis one was good but I didn t feel as connected to it as the others Cata, I didn t like her in the beginning but she grew on me somewhat towards the end of the story Her train companion was a delight.Well written though so maybe it s just me shrugs I ll pick up The Baker s daughter and see if my opinion changes The world is rooted in pain, and we, born to it, are perpetually suffering Warring, hating and killing each other on partialities when our souls are all made of the same material The Kissing room by Melanie Benjamin3.5 starsA lighter story than the first two, we meet Marjorie on her way to a screen test for MGM.It was fun meeting Marjorie She s driven and ambitious but a little naive as well I had red flags popping up when Mr Holmes gave her is card, specially when he and Marjorie met up again.The ending really wasn t clear, leaves you wondering even though you can guess pretty well what s happening The last paragraph made we want to kick the talent scout in the balls. A quick dip into a snapshot of a day in this girl s life, well written and left me satisfied yet wantingI ll be seeing you by Sara Jio5 stars, a beautiful story with heartbreak, romance, and tears A couple whammys for the MC that broke my heart but the ending made me smile for her, wishing her the best I have a feeling she ll be alright.Miss Jio reminds me of Kate Morton in the way that their writing is very atmospheric and they have a knack for writing beautiful characters you can cheer for and you don t soon forget.Will definitely be readingby this lady in the future 3 I think of their roles in my journey, a journey that has brought me to this train, to this seat, to this moment The ghosts of my past will always be with me, just as they are with all of us We take a part of everything, everyone we encounter, with us on our path Perhaps that s what makes life so rich, so full A map, starred and circled and drawn with the paths we ve taken, for better or worse I ll walk alone by Erika Robuck4.5 starsWow I m not sure what to say A powerful story, heartbreaking but with some hope as well I wanted to hug Josie and Timmy and help them to get away A random encounter with a stranger is maybe just what Josie needs to put things into perspective The ending had my heart pounding, I was crossing my fingers and encouraging her in my head I lift my face to the constellations on the ceiling I m breathing better up here The air stirsfreely I walk towards the stairs where the young lovers sat, but they are gone Of all the difficulty of this day so far, their disappearance is what threatens to unmoor me The Reunion by Kristina McMorris4starsReally enjoyed this one, a quiet sort of story about friendship, love, and guilt The friendship between Millie and Virginia made me smile it got off to a rocky start but they were thick as thieves and devoted to each other Millie s sharp tongue reminded me of one of my best friends sisters Millie reminded me of Peggy Carter in some ways.I admired them for having the courage to be up in the air as pilots Taz was a charmer but a sweetheart, perfect fit for Virginia Tin town by Amanda Hodgkinson4starsInteresting concept and wonderful characters Sad and wistful in places but happy as well.Miss Hodgkinson s style flows nicely, will see definitely be looking forof her down the line Strand of Pearls by Pam Jenoff3.5 4 starsAnother sort of quiet story, it beckons you to follow Ella on her journey. letting you see things slowly and encouraging you to sit there travel with her That make sense I was rooting for Ella and her father to have a wonderful reunion as she neared her journey s end though I could see what was going to happen But I still hoped she would find get what she was looking for.She made the decision right for her in the end Crappy review but I did enjoy this one a lot The Harvest Season by Karen White5starsKaren White never disappoints A moving, beautiful story I felt for Will and Ginny, each affected by the war and in different ways.The energy of their past and pain was thick between them, Ginny wanting to tell Will a secret but holding back out of respect for him.Everything unfolds in it s own time, sometimes simultaneously but it felt. natural if that s the right word Nothing and no one felt cheapened There was a respect in the writing Miss White has a way of telling her stories that makes it hard to pull yourself away. You want to know what happens to these people I felt like I was walking along behind them, observing everything The secret of Ginny s I suspected but the reveal was done quietly and I was impressed with how Will handled everything in the end.I was also proud of him in a certain moment on his father s porch, I have a feeling he ll be alright Love how each story had cameos, however small in each other s stories, lives intersecting with the busy Grand Central as a silent witness Some of the little cameos in other stories, gave you a clue as to what happened next with another character s story, others merely a glimpse of them through someone else s eyes When these happened, I would stop for a moment and replay the moments in my head.I was already warned by a another review beforehand that the title and the cover of a book is misleading. and it is but it didn t take away my enjoyment of the stories Some of these stories are a bit heavy dark but well worth reading Each author here has done a great job, none of the stories felt rushed or forced to me, and it really felt like I was back in Grand central and the various other locations of the time period.Would highly recommend, an amazing collection in my opinion I ve already purchased a couple books from a couple authors in here and will be on the lookout fordown the road I also fell in love with Karen White s writing a littlethanks to this anthology.Happy reading I wantof these people sighs highly recommend this collection

  5. says:

    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 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 respect I hope to meet up with these characters again All aboard

  6. says:

    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.

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    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 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 sucker for any fiction set during the conflict The fact that three of my favorite authors happened to contribute to the collection didn t hurt, but the truth is, if it connects to the war, I m in No questions asked Fair warning friends, what follows promises to be a long review so please make yourselves comfortable On the rare occasions in which I ve consented to review an anthology, I ve made a habit of offering thoughts to each author and with ten contributors on the docket you get the idea Before I get too far ahead of myself, however, I do want to note how well each of the stories fit together Though each entry touches on something unique and often times profound, Grand Central is very much a collective narrative that highlights the individual style of each author as well as their ability to work collaboratively Reading this book was everything experience has taught me not to expect from such collections, but the attention to detail and mutual respect shown by each contributor made discovering these stories a rare pleasure Going Home by Alyson Richman Alyson Richman was one of the three authors whose contributions prompted my notice of Grand Central and as usual, she did not leave me disappointed The nature of the anthology requires that Gregori and Liesel s story be brief, but I loved what Richmond did with it I found the concept of two people connecting through music amid the hustle and bustle of Grand Central quite romantic and I loved her nod to the old world masters and the comfort cultural compositions might have brought those who escaped the turmoil and devastation of the war I also appreciated the addition of historic references such as those to Carl Laemmle and Terezin as these facts anchored the story to the period and added depth where I didn t expect to find it The Lucky One by Jenna Blum This being my first experience with Jenna Blum, I had no idea what to expect from The Lucky One, but was both pleasantly surprised and thoroughly impressed with her contribution to Grand Central A powerful short, the story centers Peter, a German Holocaust survivor who is haunted by the ghosts of loved ones lost in the genocide Though notably less atmospheric than Going Home, The Lucky One is remarkably emotive Blum taps into something incredibly poignant in her deft interpretation of Peter s experience, his personal loss and his struggle to move forward in a world whose prejudice and perceptions find him socially displaced The Branch of Hazel by Sarah McCoy Sarah McCoy s The Branch of Hazel is factually interesting, but I admit I found the piece something of a challenge Historically speaking I loved the material in Cata s story, but I couldn t help feeling as though I were missing something.It is my understanding that both Cata and Hazel were introduced in McCoy s The Baker s Daughter, a fact which probably explains my bewilderment as I ve not yet had opportunity to read the title Still, I was drawn to McCoy s use of the Lebensborn program and the varied emotions and ideologies she attributed to the mothers who took part The Kissing Room by Melanie Benjamin I wasthan eager to get into Melanie Benjamin s The Kissing Room Already a fan of her work, I was intrigued by the title of her piece and couldn t wait to see how it played into the anthology Several things about this chapter really appealed to me One, it incorporated an aspect of the terminal as a major component in the story Two, the lead was not an immigrant and had a mindset that was very different from the characters I d already been introduced to Three, Marjorie s naivety is fun to read and offers a nice break from the heavier drama in McCoy, Blum and Richman s contributions And four, the ending I wont ruin it for you, but I loved the one eighty Benjamin pulled off and how that moment stood in such contrast to the rest of the short I ll Be Seeing You by Sarah Jio Confession The title of Sarah Jio s contribution made poor first impression No joke, I actually stifled a groan I adore Sinatra as much as the next girl, but the nod to his iconic tune is such a clich Don t believe me Ask Suzanne Hayes, Margaret Mayhew, Benita Brown, Jerry BorrowmanNow my initial reaction aside, I loved this story and not just because I need a Grace in my life This whole idea of standing at a crossroad, needing closure, being intimidated by the decisions one is faced with the whole thing spoke to my soul I m not much of a crier, but if I were I would have been reaching for a tissue over this one Sentimental and stirring, Rose s story isn t one I ll soon forget I ll Walk Alone by Erika Robuck This sounds ridiculous, but I m actually speechless Like Sarah Jio, Erika Robuck tapped into something raw and relatable I know I shouldn t make this about me, but there is a moment in this piece where I literally saw myself and had to do a double take before continuing Josie s story is heartbreaking, but it is also hopeful There is something very authentic in Robuck s submission, something intimate and emotional Again, I m not one to blubber, but I really liked how Robuck harnessed such an intense theme and molded into something that is both meaningful and thought provoking The Reunion by Kristina McMorris Moving back into period specific fiction, author Kristina McMorris The Reunion tackles two birds with one stone Touching on both female pilots and the loss of a fellow service member, her submission adds new dimension to the collection for its incorporation of topics yet seen in Grand Central.I don t want to downplay the historic content in this piece, but I truly appreciated McMorris depiction of feminine friendship Maybe it s just me, but I found the complex dynamic she created between Millie and Virginia refreshing for its accuracy At risk of looking the fool, I ll also admit to developing a bit of a literary crush on Taz I know the adage, boys are better in books, but the simple charm in McMorris portrayal of her romantic lead added much to the story Tin Town by Amanda Hodgkinson War brides are easily one of the most romantic plot points in war fiction, so I figured it was only a matter of time before one appeared in Grand Central and while it took longer than expected, my assumption proved correct with Amanda Hodgkinson s Tin Town.Interestingly enough, this piece proved one of theintriguing submissions in the collection Traditionally, we think of young women, running into rushed affairs with dashing soldiers, but Hodgkinson threw readers a curve ball in matching a widowed English mother with a New York lawyer turned officer Told from the perspective of a child, Hodgkinson turns the romantic stereotype on its head while examining the magnitude of what happened to those women who crossed the Atlantic for their GIs Strand of Pearls by Pam Jenoff Strand of Pearls was a fun piece for me Jenoff has been on my favorites list for a while, but the fact that I read Grand Central while reading The Winter Guest marked the first time I d ever attempted two works by the same author at the same time.Does this mean I favored her No In fact I was probably harder on this piece than I was any other as I couldn t help cross comparing the two, but that s neither here nor there What I liked about this piece is how Jenoff used Ella and David to examine micro level issues like survivor s guilt and faith, as well as macro level points such as global politics and cultural change in the aftermath of World War II The ending hit a little close to home, but even so, I liked the piece and can t help wishing there wereto Ella s story The Harvest Season by Karen White Of all the contributors to Grand Central, Karen White was the only name with which I was entirely unfamiliar I checked her out before opening the anthology and I wasn t exactly sold so the fact that her submission is my favorite is as much a surprise to me as it is anyone reading this There is so much in this piece that I hardly know where to begin White s treatment of Germanophobia by itself would have hooked me, but the story she created between Will and Ginny was so wonderfully unpredictable It sounds like a cheesy pitch, and I don t mean to sway anyone as every story in this collection is worth reading, but if you limit yourself to one, let The Harvest Season be the one you choose

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    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 wantedout 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 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 wantedout 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 I felt like I was living in this era and could picture Grand Central Station and all of the characters in this book hanging out there Even though I have never been there The lives of everyone in these stories were great Of course I enjoyed reading Karen White and Pam Jenoff s stories Two authors that I am familiar with their work and enjoy reading The other authors I am not so familiar with but now I can say I am after reading this anthology I will look forbooks by these other authors Grand Central is a joyous, lovely anthology Check it out for yourself

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    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 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 beautiful memories created during this NYC trip only added to the truly magical and stunning nature of an already impressive read To keep my thoughts straight and reflect on each novella, the following are my personal notes Going Home By Alyson Richman Told in the same lyrical prose that makes her stories so exceptional, Alyson Richman s tale of Liesel and Gregori collides when ballet meets the violin Gregori goes on to serve as an ideal link to other stories in the anthology He and his Instrument needed each other, like partners in a waltz Without the other, there could be no music I mean, come on This is why I ADORE Alyson Richman The Lucky One By Jenna Blum A haunting tale of Peter s attempt to find life beyond the terror of Nazi death camps Though he lost everything that meant anything, he is slowly regaining strength and mental perseverance to forge a new path I seriously love Jenna Blum Her sparky personality is evident through her writing Which is so fun for the reader The Branch of Hazel By Sarah McCoy At long last, we hearof Hazel from The Baker s Daughter We can all agree The Lebensborn program is peculiarly fascinating Sarah McCoy s novella follows an ex member as she leaves her old life behind and makes her way to America LOVE the thrill of reconnecting to a character of the past The Kissing Room By Melanie Benjamin The tale of bright eyed and eager Marjorie is a stark contrast to the ones told before it It s a completely different perspective as to the happenings at Grand Central Terminal, giving the anthology range I ll Be Seeing You By Sarah JioLoved this story, and became attached to Rose, Louis, Sam, and all the others so quickly So much emotion and heartache wrapped into a small space This phrase from the last page summarizes the story perfectly and is just beautifully said The ghosts of my past will always be with me, just as they are with all of us We take a part of everything, every one we encounter, with us on our path Perhaps that s what makes life so rich, so full A map, starred and circled and drawn with the paths we ve taken, for better or for worse GLORIOUS I ll Walk Alone By Erika Robuck Wow I was not expecting the turn this story took, but am happily and jaw droppingly surprised by the conclusion Perfect story, and flawlessly written I would LOVE to know what future awaits these characters. A sequel perhaps Everything this author touches is just intoxicating Example Hemingway s Girl The Reunion By Kristina McMorris An emotional, heart wrenching story completed in Kristina McMorris impeccable style Her narrative provided beautiful texture to this already impressive anthology I do however, need to know the conclusion to Virginia and Taz s love story I NEED MORE Tin Town By Amanda HodgkinsonA sweet little story about a tender girl, and her perspective of all happening around her Very different from all the other novellas Strand of Pearls By Pam JenoffThis story opens with a dialogue between 2 strangers from similar yet vastly opposing worlds The cruelty of David s past serves to heighten the na vet of Ella s Ella soon finds herself with no alternative but to shoulder the burden of the secrets left in her fathers wake, and forge her own path all na vet aside Pam Jenoff is the master of great story telling The Harvest Season By Karen White An entire novel s worth of intrigue and emotion packed into very few pages The Mississippi Delta backdrop differed from all the other novellas, providing a whole nother feel of sorts It was a nice change, and perfectly placed as the last of the anthology Karen White always delivers, whether with 300 pages or 30 Awesome I m thinking A 2nd Grand Central anthology in the next couple years You better believe I ll be first in line So sad this reading experience is completed Until I devour it again

  10. says:

    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 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 unique way Although each story was completely separate from the others, I enjoyed those snippets into the preceding story, when we d catch a second glimpse at one of the characters as they continued their journey through Grand Central Station I hope that in the future these authors will put together another anthology like this one I d be first in line to read it

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