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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (2009)

de Jamie Ford

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Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.
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    La Societat literària i de pastís de pela de patata de Guernsey de Mary Ann Shaffer (hoosieriu97)
    hoosieriu97: This story is beautifully written about the same time period.
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    Snow Falling on Cedars de David Guterson (JGoto)
    JGoto: This is also set in Washington state with a well-written story dealing with racism against Japanese Americans after World War Two.
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    When the Emperor Was Divine de Julie Otsuka (pdebolt)
    pdebolt: This is also a story about an American family of Japanese descent sent to an interment camp.
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    Farewell to Manzanar de Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (carport)
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    Tallgrass de Sandra Dallas (tahcastle)
    tahcastle: Both stories explain the Japanese Internment camps. Tallgrass was the town's views of the Japanese moving into their neighborhood. Hotel explained the moving of the Japanese out of their homes into the camp.
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    China Dolls de Lisa See (kqueue)
    kqueue: Both books deal with Asian-Americans at the onset of World War II and the injustices they suffered along with the tensions between Japanese-Americans and Chinese-Americans.
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    The Buddha in the Attic de Julie Otsuka (SqueakyChu)
    SqueakyChu: Both books give a picture of the people of Japanese descent living in America during World War II.
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    The Japanese Lover de Isabel Allende (Blogletter)
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    Letters from Skye de Jessica Brockmole (cbl_tn)
    cbl_tn: Both books focus on young lovers separated by war.
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Jamie Ford does it again - or I should say, for the first time, as this was his debut novel.

An excellently told tale of the first blush love, parental expectations, some Seattle history, and a son finally really getting to know his father. All set against the sad remembrances of the relocation of 1,000's of Asian Americans during World War II. Bitter and Sweet is the perfect title, and classic Jamie Ford style - you will weep and you will love it.

Perfect for historical fiction lovers, book club fans, and those who enjoy immersive, character-driven fiction.

If you're looking for more along this vein, I also highly recommend Ford's novels The Song of Willow Frost as well as Love and Other Consolation Prizes. ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Nov 6, 2021 |
the Asian community in California during WWII. It was written in two time periods: the 1940s story and the 1980s story about the Chinese man who is now a widower. In some ways the story was a fun, unrealistic romance novel. ( )
  puttsplace | Oct 10, 2021 |
Of course I liked this book. It had a lot of elements I like--a look at America in the past (WWII), a coming of age story (romance between two young people), the story of immigrants and their culture (combines both Chinese and Japanese American experiences with a hint of jazz and African-American experience thrown in) and takes place in my favorite city (Seattle). So one star for each.

The story takes place in both WWII and many years later in 1986. The young Henry is a Chinese American boy who goes to a white school and lives in the International District of Seattle. His father gives him a button to wear that says "I am Chinese." to avoid any confusion with the growing hostility towards those on the other side of the International District--the Japanese Americans. At school he meets the only other Asian student--a Japanese American girl named Keiko.

In 1986 a much older Henry finds out that the Palace Hotel while being refurbished uncovers a cache of suitcases and boxes left behind during WWII--they are the belongings of several Japanese families that were interned during WWII.

Thanks to my friend Val for recommending it! I'll never look at the horse stalls at the Puyallup fair the same way again. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
I was captivated throughout this book. It would have received 5 stars if certain parts were more believable. Like doing a computer search in 1986 or sneaking in & staying overnight in a Japanese internment camp then sneaking back out again with no problem. ( )
  Tosta | Jul 5, 2021 |
Adult fiction / historic fiction. A 13-year-old Chinese boy's world is torn apart when his best friend is sent to a Japanese internment camp. A well-written love story that spans 40 years. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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While the novel is less perfect as literature than John Hamamura's Color of the Sea (Thomas Dunne, 2006), the setting and quietly moving, romantic story are commendable.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaSchool Library Journal, Angela Carstensen (May 1, 2009)
 
Although Ford does not have anything especially novel to say about a familiar subject (the interplay between race and family), he writes earnestly and cares for his characters, who consistently defy stereotype.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaBooklist, Kevin Clouther (Nov 15, 2008)
 
A timely debut that not only reminds readers of a shameful episode in American history, but cautions us to examine the present and take heed we don't repeat those injustices.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaKirkus Reviews (Oct 15, 2008)
 
In his first novel, award-winning short-story writer Ford expertly nails the sweet innocence of first love, the cruelty of racism, the blindness of patriotism, the astonishing unknowns between parents and their children, and the sadness and satisfaction at the end of a life well lived.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaLibrary Journal, Joanna M. Burkhardt (Oct 1, 2008)
 

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Henry stared in silence as a small parade of wooden packing crates and leathery suitcases were hauled upstairs, the crowd marveling at the once-precious items held within: a white communion dress, tarnished silver candlesticks, a picnic basket – items that had collected dust, untouched, for forty-plus years. Saved for a happier time that never came.
…wandering over to the Panama Hotel, a place between worlds when he was a child, a place between times now that he was a grown man.
The years had been unkind. … Like so many things Henry had wanted in life – like his father, his marriage, his life – it had arrived a little damaged. Imperfect. But he didn’t care, this was all he’d wanted. Something to hope for, and he’d found it. It didn’t matter what condition it was in.
“With that many people, what’s to keep you from just taking over the camp?”

"You know what keeps us from doing just that? Loyalty. We’re still loyal to the United States of America. Why? Because we too are Americans. We don’t agree, but we will show our loyalty by our obedience. Do you understand, Henry?"
Henry had much to do. … He’d do what he always did, find the sweet among the bitter.
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Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.

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