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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel - Jamie Ford
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
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"Sentimental, heartfelt….the exploration of Henry’s changing relationship with his family and with Keiko will keep most readers turning pages...A timely debut that not only reminds readers of a shameful episode in American history, but cautions us to examine the present and take heed we don’t... show more
"Sentimental, heartfelt….the exploration of Henry’s changing relationship with his family and with Keiko will keep most readers turning pages...A timely debut that not only reminds readers of a shameful episode in American history, but cautions us to examine the present and take heed we don’t repeat those injustices."-- Kirkus Reviews“A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war--not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today's world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you feel." -- Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain“Jamie Ford's first novel explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut.”-- Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret FanIn the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel’s dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice–words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago. Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345505330 (0345505336)
ASIN: 0345505336
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story rated it
4.0 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
A good, sweet story and an easy read. The writing style is simple but effective, and the historical fiction part of it was convincing. I enjoyed it a great deal. The plot turned on some rather unlikely coincidences -- well, actually it didn't. They happened, but they didn't have to for the story...
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it
3.0 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
The story is interesting, but I don't like the writing. Stop using Caucasian to talk about white people. I also don't understand the decision to italicize some words and not others (eg siu beng vs kimono). The writing bordered on self-indulgent at times. It was also pretty redundant. But the story w...
Mellkoh
Mellkoh rated it
3.0 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
This book is to me, what Love in the Time of Cholera should have been! Life long love, which started at a young age, finally comes full circle later in life. The difference here is a that I actually liked Henry!!! As well, this one is told in flash backs, between 1942-1945 and 1986 rather than th...
Randi's Blog
Randi's Blog rated it
One of the most beautiful stories I've ever read.
Austen to Zafón
Austen to Zafón rated it
4.0
Like "Snow Falling on Cedars," this story helped fill in the gaps in my public school education about the shameful history of the Japanese internment. It's sad that history textbooks left that out for so long.. Sweet (if - little sappy) story with great characters and fascinating details of Seattle ...
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