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    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (CD-Audio) By (author) Jamie Ford, Read by Feodor Chin

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    Description"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 Fan " In 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. "From the Hardcover edition."


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    Title
    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jamie Ford, Read by Feodor Chin
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 153 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 268 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780739382837
    ISBN 10: 0739382837
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: 813/.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 69
    B&T Approval Code: P26900000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 51110
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: JF
    BISAC V2.8: FIC044000
    Libri: I-JF
    B&T Approval Code: A26905000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, FIC014000, FIC008000
    LC classification: PS3606.O737 H68 2009B
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Random House Audio Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Random House Audio Publishing Group
    Publication date
    27 January 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated in 1865 from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco, where he adopted the Western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations. Ford is an award-winning short-story writer.
    Review quote
    "Mesmerizing and evocative, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet "is a tale of conflicted loyalties, devotion, as well as a vibrant portrait of Seattle's Nihonmachi district in its heyday." -- Sara Gruen, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Water for Elephants " "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 Fan ""Sentimental, heartfelt novel portrays two children separated during the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. In 1940s Seattle, ethnicities do not mix. Whites, blacks, Chinese and Japanese live in separate neighborhoods, and their children attend different schools. When Henry Lee's staunchly nationalistic father pins an "I am Chinese" button to his 12-year-old son's shirt and enrolls him in an all-white prep school, Henry finds himself friendless and at the mercy of schoolyard bullies. His salvation arrives in the form of Keiko, a Japanese girl with whom Henry forms an instant--and forbidden--bond. The occasionally sappy prose tends to overtly express subtleties that readers would be happier to glean for themselves, but the tender relationship between the two young people is moving. The older Henry, a rec