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Songs of Willow Frost

de Jamie Ford

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With his friend Charlotte, twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American boy, escapes from a Seattle orphanage determined to find his mother Willow and discover his connection to the exotic film star.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: The Bonesetter's Daughter depicts a contemporary Chinese-American woman who learns about her immigrant mother's past, while Songs of Willow Frost portrays a Chinese-American actress during the Great Depression. Both atmospheric novels explore the social and economic marginalization of women.… (més)
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historical fiction (20s/30s Seattle); chinese runaway orphan, accompanied by another blind girl orphan, searches for his mother (once a 'lost' lady, now a famous actress/singer). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Interesting subject and historical details (though often thrown in as an afterthought or forced intrusion). Characters were flat, plot was predictable. Did not love Hotel on Corner of Bitter and Sweet either -- need to pay more attention to author when picking my next book! ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Our book club selected Jamie's latest story because we all enjoyed 'On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet'. Songs of Willow Frost was a disappointment to me. I found myself fast forwarding through many chapters waiting to get to a relevant point in the story. It appears he tried to hard to use the same recipe that worked 'on the corner' but this time it fell rather flat; consumable yet not memorable nor something I would order again. ( )
  Jolene.M | Jul 30, 2020 |

Songs of Willow Frost is a novel by Jamie Ford, of Seattle. It is a sensationally crafted novel that follows William's search for his carefully buried roots, driven by the kind of familial longing only known as a child's unconditional love, and the ghosts of his mother's past that he discovers along the way. The narrative shifts between the Great Depression and the technological revolution of the early 1920s, offering both William's real perspective of Chinese-American life, as well as Liu Song's shining voice, and her "song".

There are just so many things I loved about this book! I can't list them all off without being a massive bore, but I'll begin with the characters. William's naïveté is tender, and will make your heart ache. At once hopeful and painfully mature, his narrative gives glimpses of what it must have been like to be an abandoned child during the Great Depression. These children, who were dubbed "orphans" like he was and were not at all uncommon during this time, are so emotionally well rendered. Liu Song is the character who has committed a mother's worst nightmare by abandoning her child, but once her side of the story is told—and with it, William's mysterious past unraveled—we see nothing but the compromised woman with a crushing sadness, who is also the brave, beautiful performer who sacrificed everything to save her son. While William's story is profound, Liu Song's is haunting. She is so real and so human; I related to her in so many ways, which is the magic of her complex characterization in that she is exonerated because we as readers want to forgive her, since we understand her plight.

Ford effectively evokes the glamor of pre-Depression 1921, which reveals the magic of theatre and the rise of the radio star, and while transitioning to later years, it conveys the grayness of the Great Depression in tandem with the emergence of Hollywood's Golden Era. which is to say, film over theatre, or Willow Frost over Liu Song. I am amazed at how culturally rich and historically vibrant Ford's Seattle Chinatown is; I lived, breathed, and loved these characters and this setting.

The story is also extremely stylistically impressive; Ford writes with great sensitivity and beauty in the tenderest way possible. In Willow's painful confession, and plea for forgiveness, (and imminent personal departure,) her past's troubles, her largest of sacrifices are agonizingly revealed... all in order to give everything to the one person she will never cease to love: her son.

His is my first Jamie Ford novel. And it will not be my last. Ford's lyrical prose and vivid characterization so were enough to rope me into the story, and keep me coming back for more. But the heart-breaking journey William and Willow have to go through, to become a family again, was what made this novel one of my favorites of this year. I did not find this novel depressing, dark, or sad; in fact, it reminded me of my struggles as a single mother of a tow-headed boy named Shawn, way too much.... And in all the best ways possible. I highly recommend this book. Five stars. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
Sad? Happy? Difficult. Written so you could vividly "see" the story. ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
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I lost the angel who gave me summer the whole winter through. I lost the gladness that turned into sadness, When I lost you. - Irving Berlin, 1912
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This book is for my mother, whom I used to call every Sunday night.
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William Eng woke to the sound of a snapping leather belt and the shrieking of rusty springs that supported the threadbare mattress of his army surplus bed.
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It is the supreme irony-that the only person I have ever deeply loved, should be borne of blood that I loathe.
She delighted that he’d been born eight pounds, eight ounces, two lucky numbers in a row to a mother wedded only to sadness and misfortune.
You can’t expect children to sew their own gaping wounds without leaving a terrible scar.
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