I read Grand Central out of order, beginning with the authors I knew, then moving to the stories with intriguing titles, and finally, the rest. It wasn't until I read them again, in order, that the resonant, emotional themes binding the stories together became apparent--so bravo to whomever arranged this anthology.
The setting of the Grand Central station is the physical tie between all ten tales, but the thematic tie is the resilience, honesty, and growth each narrator experiences in the wake of WWII. My favorite part of this anthology was its illumination of various facets of the era, from the use of German POWs on American farms, to the GI Brides, to women pilots. I could taste the cocktails at the Oyster Bar, feel the apprehension of a foreign bride awaiting her American husband, hear the click of cuban heels across the floor of the station.
The variety was also enjoyable, with some featuring a nice romantic element, while others were deft character studies. Some were written in first person, while others were in third. And the Easter egg: a few of the stories had characters cross paths with one another--the fun is identifying them!
All in all, Grand Central is engrossing and unique. Brava ladies for this fantastic anthology, which granted me the opportunity to while away a few hours in their worlds.