Time After Time

Time After Time

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"On a clear December morning in 1937, at the famous gold clock in Grand Central Terminal, Joe Reynolds, a hardworking railroad man from Queens, meets a vibrant young woman who seems mysteriously out of place. Nora Lansing is a Manhattan socialite whose flapper clothing, pearl earrings, and talk of the Roaring Twenties don't seem to match the bleak mood of Depression-era New York. Captivated by Nora from her first electric touch, Joe despairs when he tries to walk her home and she disappears. Finding her again--and again--will become the focus of his love and his life. Nora, an aspiring artist and fiercely independent, is shocked to find she's somehow been trapped, her presence in the terminal governed by rules she cannot fathom. It isn't until she meets Joe that she begins to understand the effect that time is having on her, and the possible connections to the workings of Grand Central and the astrological phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge. As thousands of visitors pass under the famous celestial blue ceiling each day, Joe and Nora create a life unlike any they could have imagined. With infinite love in a finite space, they take full advantage of the "Terminal City" within a city, dining at the Oyster Bar, visiting the Whispering Gallery, and making a home at the Biltmore Hotel. But when the construction of another historic landmark threatens their future, Nora and Joe are forced to test the limits of freedom and love. Delving into Grand Central's rich past, Lisa Grunwald crafts a masterful historical novel about a love affair that defies age, class, place, and even time"--
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780812993431
0812993438
Characteristics: 401 pages :,illustration ;,25 cm.

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Brontina66
Jun 24, 2020

This is a charming love story that I enjoyed very much. Nora, who died in a metro accident in 1925, keeps reappearing at the New York Grand Central Station and meets and falls in love with a young men who works there. An impossible story, you would think, because she is, well, a ghost. I am not going to spoil it for you, I will just say that things don't go exactly the way you would anticipate. What I especially enjoyed, however, was not so much the love story, but the historical background. The period immediately before and during WWII is described in detail and you can really feel the mounting fear and uncertainty about the life of loved ones. So, this is a very enjoyable book to read with a nice cup of tea or coffee and a plate of cookies.

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andreabilyeu
Jun 13, 2020

Check out this video on Architectural Digest:

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/video/watch/new-york-public-library-virtual-walking-tour

It walks you through Grand Central (made in 2018 which was the 20th anniversary of its restoration).

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rookerlibrary
May 15, 2020

A wonderful work of fiction & a surprising twist on "timeless" love. Lisa Grunwald always crafts intelligent fiction that I find highly enjoyable.

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phyllis94941
Feb 02, 2020

I loved this book and could hardly put it down. At the same time I couldn't wait to finish it yet was so sad when it ended. It's a wonderfully creative and clever book, with well-written phrases, original descriptions, and believable characters. I started a new category of "love story" instead of "romance" since "romance" is not an accurate genre for this special book. It is the most moving yet unique love story I've read in a long time. But it's much more than that, as the novel recreates the world of Grand Central Station in the 1920's-1940's, plus includes fascinating scientific details about the sun and New York City. This is a book I'll be telling my friends they must read!

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PiepieB
Sep 03, 2019

Beautiful but sad story about two very special starcrossed lovers. Your heart will just break but you will love every minute!

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darladoodles
Jun 05, 2019

A bittersweet tale that features Manhattanhenge. I had never heard of this phenomenon, but there are some gorgeous sunrise and sunset pics to be found on the web. Joe and Nora meet at Grand Central Terminal in 1938. This is not your everyday love story and Nora is no ordinary girl. The choices they make to be together are heartbreaking at times. Grand Central shines as a character and the storyline reaches back to 1925 before moving ahead through the 40's and the WW II era. Would be a great pick for book groups.

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