Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Reads: Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet

By: Jamie Ford

Set in Seattle during WWII, Ford details the life of a young Chinese-American school boy as he witnesses the Japanese interment through a relationship with one of his classmates. This historical fiction novel is told through two different time periods: the 1940s and 1980s. The focus is on Henry, a Chinese American boy living in Seattle around the time of the Japanese interment. He develops a relationship with Keiko, a Japanese American girl who is eventually sent to one of the internment camps. Along with the relationship that develops between Henry and Keiko, Ford details the relationships Henry has with an up and coming jazz musician, his parents, his classmates and later his own son. Weaved into the story is a description of the jazz music scene in Seattle, race relations and the effects of the Japanese internment camps during the war.   

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone.

*This was a gift from Wendy at A Day In The Life, through the Chaotic Goddess Book Swap.

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  1. I'll definitely have to check this book out, thanks for sharing!