Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Jamie Ford


within the starting pages of Jamie Ford’s beautiful debut novel, Hotel at the nook of sour and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd amassed open air the Panama resort, as soon as the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. it's been boarded up for many years, yet now the recent proprietor has made a major discovery: the property of jap households, left after they have been rounded up and despatched to internment camps in the course of international struggle II. As Henry appears to be like on, the landlord opens a jap parasol.

This uncomplicated act takes outdated Henry Lee again to the Forties, on the top of the struggle, while younger Henry’s international is a jumble of bewilderment and pleasure, and to his father, who's passionate about the warfare in China and having Henry develop up American. whereas “scholarshipping” on the particular Rainier undemanding, the place the white childrens forget about him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a tender jap American scholar. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and blameless love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices in their previous global ancestors. And after Keiko and her kinfolk are swept up within the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left simply with the wish that the battle will finish, and that their promise to one another can be kept.

Forty years later, Henry Lee is bound that the parasol belonged to Keiko. within the hotel’s darkish dusty basement he starts trying to find indicators of the Okabe family’s assets and for a long-lost item whose price he can't start to degree. Now a widower, Henry continues to be searching for his voice–words that would clarify the activities of his nationalistic father; phrases that will bridge the distance among him and his sleek, chinese language American son; phrases that may aid him confront the alternatives he made a long time in the past.

Set in the course of essentially the most conflicted and risky occasions in American historical past, Hotel at the nook of sour and Sweet is a unprecedented tale of dedication and enduring wish. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose tale teaches us of the facility of forgiveness and the human heart.

"Sentimental, heartfelt….the exploration of Henry’s altering courting together with his relatives and with Keiko will preserve such a lot readers turning pages...A well timed debut that not just reminds readers of a shameful episode in American heritage, yet cautions us to envision the current and take heed we don’t repeat these injustices."-- Kirkus Reviews

“A soft and pleasurable novel set in a time and a spot misplaced endlessly, Hotel at the nook of sour and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the wear that's because of war--not the sweeping harm of the battlefield, however the chilly, merciless harm to the hearts and humanity of person humans. specially proper in brand new global, it is a superbly written e-book that may make you're thinking that. And, extra importantly, it'll make you feel."
-- Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling writer of The paintings of Racing within the Rain

“Jamie Ford's first novel explores the age-old conflicts among father and son, the wonder and disappointment of what occurred to eastern american citizens in the Seattle region in the course of international battle II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. a magnificent, sour, and candy debut.”
-- Lisa See, bestselling writer of Snow Flower and the key Fan

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