Time After Time

Time After Time

A Novel

eBook - 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780679645481
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (401 pages) : illustration

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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.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Apr 15, 2019

I do think it's a bit telling that, in a book about a dead-but-not-really-dead woman who travels through time, reappearing in Grand Central Station on the same day each year, the biggest suspension of disbelief required of the readers is regarding the romance at the book's heart. That probably sounds harsher than I meant it to, because I found this an enjoyable read that would likely have appeal for fans of The Time Traveler's Wife, but I'd warn readers at the outset that the author requires to accept that the two main characters are almost instantly in love, because all of the book's conflict and action stems from that assumption. So get ready to make that leap immediately upon beginning reading, and you'll probably enjoy this.


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