Time After Time
Time After Time
A magical love story, inspired by the legend of a woman who vanished from Grand Central Terminal, sweeps readers from the 1920s to World War II and beyond, in the spirit of The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
“I’ll never again set foot in Grand Central Terminal without looking over my shoulder for Nora and Joe, or marveling at the station itself—a backdrop as intriguing as the love story that unfolds beneath its star-studded ceiling.”
—Georgia Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of We Were the Lucky Ones
“Here is a glorious novel to savor and return to again and again. I fell in love with Joe and Nora, star-crossed lovers from a time when women wore gloves, men wore hats and a train ticket could change the course of your life. The spectacular Lisa Grunwald has written a classic story—of fate, true love, art and chance—with truth and beauty. You will want to share it with every reader you know.”
—Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Tony’s Wife
“Lisa Grunwald has written my favorite kind of novel. Set within the wondrous boundaries of Grand Central Terminal, Time After Time is the story of Joe and Nora, the love they find amidst impossible circumstances, their fight to stay together, and the great sacrifices they find along the way. I utterly loved this clever, charming, hopeful tale of true love against all odds.”
—Ariel Lawhon, New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia
“The only aspect of Lisa Grunwald’s talent that is as impressive as her well-known gifts as a novelist is her gift for history. Time After Time doesn’t just recreate the lost New York of the 1920’s to 1940’s, it inhabits it—and so will the reader, in the company of the book’s wonderful characters.”
—Daniel Okrent, bestselling author of Last Call and The Guarded Gate
“An ingenious and winsome novel.”
“A World War II-set historical with a sprinkling of magic.”
“A satisfying supernatural romance about lovers brought together across time. . . . Readers who enjoyed Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife will be enchanted.”
More about Time After Time
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 solar phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, when the sun rises or sets between the city’s skyscrapers, aligned perfectly with the streets below.
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 landmark threatens their future, Nora and Joe are forced to test the limits of freedom and love.
Delving into Grand Central Terminal’s rich past, Lisa Grunwald crafts a masterful historical novel about a love affair that defies age, class, place, and even time.