Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

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By (author) Jamie Ford

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  • Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 32mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 27 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 074901072X
  • ISBN 13: 9780749010720
  • Sales rank: 7,933

Product description

1986, The Panama Hotel The old Seattle landmark has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made a startling discovery in the basement: personal belongings stored away by Japanese families sent to interment camps during the Second World War. Among the fascinated crowd gathering outside the hotel, stands Henry Lee, and, as the owner unfurls a distinctive parasol, he is flooded by memories of his childhood. He wonders if by some miracle, in amongst the boxes of dusty treasures, lies a link to the Okabe family, and the girl he lost his young heart to, so many years ago. WITH OVER A MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE, THIS CAPTIVATING DEBUT IS A STORY OF THE SACRIFICES ONE BOY MAKES FOR LOVE AND FOR HIS COUNTRY.

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Author information

JAMIE FORD is the great grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from China, to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name 'Ford', thus confusing countless generations. Ford's debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a New York Times bestseller, and has been awarded the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. It has been translated into twenty-six languages. Having grown up near Seattle's Chinatown, Ford now lives in Montana with his wife and children.

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By Wendy SEKULOFF 15 Sep 2012 5

I have just finished reading Hotel and was captivated till the last page. I loved it. The story switches from WW2 and 1986, the basis of which is a friendship that grows between the only two Asians at a "white" school, one Chinese (Henry) and one Japanese (Keiko). Anti-Japanese sentiment pulls them apart when the Japanese in Seattle are forced to leave for internment camps, despite many having been born in the US. This fictional story is based on historical fact, with apparently, according to the author's note at the end, the Hotel Panama is still standing these days.

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'Ford deftly pulls off a Hollywood-worthy romance from the files, one anchored to a true event. An entertaining and often illuminating tale' THE SPECATOR 'Mesmerizing and evocative...a tale of conflicted loyalties and devotion' Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. 'An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut' Lisa See, bestselling author of SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN. 'Engrossing...A really good, genuinely heartfelt novel... I think I have fallen a little in love with it' Dovegreyreader. 'Four stars - recommended' Psychologies magazine. 'I can see readily why people are raving about this book...The characterisation is second-to-none, the story is intriguing... A well-told story that it sets itself apart. It's AWESOMELY GOOD!' 'Wonderfully written, beautifully evocative' Random Things Through My Letterbox