Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

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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 World War II. 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 heart to so many years ago.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27.94mm | 307g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 074901072X
  • 9780749010720
  • 3,879

Review quote

'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
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About Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the Western name "Ford". Jamie grew up in Seattle and now lives in Montana with his wife and children.
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Rating details

266,962 ratings
4.01 out of 5 stars
5 33% (88,896)
4 41% (110,623)
3 20% (53,128)
2 4% (11,137)
1 1% (3,178)

Our customer reviews

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 more
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