New release book review:
by Fiona Davis
First LIne: Clara Darden's illustration class at the Grand Central School of Art, tucked under the copper eaves of the terminal, was unaffected by the trains that rumbled through ancient layers of Manhattan schist hundreds of feet below.
Summary: For Clara, a struggling artist and illustration teacher, Grand Central School of Art is a stepping-stone in her hopes of greater things to come. She has dreams of working for Vogue as an illustrator. After her divorce, Virginia Clay has been trying to figure out how to support herself and her daughter after spending years as the wife of a powerful attorney. When she gets a job at Grand Central Terminal in the information booth, she does not realize how much it will change her life.
My thoughts: I really enjoyed the character of Levon. He was fiery and temperamental. He is definitely the iconic angsty artist. He had a rich backstory and little quirks that made him stand out. The descriptions of Grand Central were amazing. Google is my best friend when reading historical fiction. I am always pausing my reading to search for pictures or more information about places and characters. It is sad that the terminal was in such bad shape in the 1970s and that at one point it was going to be torn down. I have never traveled to NYC but I have seen the station at Kansas City and if it is half as pretty as that, it would have been a shame to lose it.
Release date: Aug. 7, 2018
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