Sunday, April 15, 2012

Reading: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

My book club recently read the 2009 book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.  This book was an excellent read!  The characters were warm and real.  The relationships were conveyed in a realistic way. It was one of those books that drew you into its world and characters.

This historical fiction novel is about Henry, a first-generation Chinese immigrant.  He revisits his past after he sees some of the items found in the basement of the Panama Hotel.  The items were personal belongings from Japanese families that were forced into internment camps during WWII.  

During the war Henry was friends with Keiko, a second-generation Japanese girl.  They met at school and formed an awkward friendship as they were the only "scholarship kids" at an all-white school.  This was a difficult relationship for Henry because his father was very angry with  the Japanese people due to the wars between China and Japan.  The recollections of their friendship and the trials of life during this time are the perfect balance between bitter and sweet which makes the title of this book is an excellent choice.

If you are interested in discovering this beautiful story of long lost love,  it is available from Amazon through the link below.

Happy reading!  Have a whimsically wonderful day!

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