Joanna’s December Recommendation

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

“For this month I’d like to recommend Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. 
The main character of this novel is Henry Lee, a Chinese-American, living in Washington. The novel opens in 1986 as Henry has just lost his wife to cancer.  In chapters alternating between 1986 and the 1940s, we follow Henry as he reminisces about his wife and about a girl he once loved.  We learn that in 1942, Henry Lee befriended a young Japanese girl, Keiko Okabe, in Seattle in 1942, much to the dismay of his Chinese parents. Their friendship grows against the backdrop of anti-Japanese sentiment and on the eve of the Japanese internment in the US.  As we learn of Henry and Keiko’s friendship and their mutual love of Jazz, we discover Henry’s relationship with his son and how they grow closer after the death of his wife.  Ford’s debut novel is well written, heart-warming, and contains a few surprises, both bitter and sweet.”

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