Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

BONUS: This edition contains a Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet discussion guide and an excerpt from Jamie Ford's Love and Other Consolation Prizes.

Author: Jamie Ford

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345512505

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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"Sentimental, heartfelt….the exploration of Henry’s changing relationship with his family and with Keiko will keep most readers turning pages...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."-- Kirkus Reviews “A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war--not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today's world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you feel." -- Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain “Jamie Ford's first novel explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut.” -- Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol. This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept. Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel’s dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice–words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago. Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart. BONUS: This edition contains a Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet discussion guide and an excerpt from Jamie Ford's Love and Other Consolation Prizes.
Categories: Fiction

2011 Novel And Short Story Writer s Market

2011 Novel And Short Story Writer s Market

Jamie Ford Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Ballantine Books) First-time authors dream about having the kind of success enjoyed by Jamie Ford, whose debut novel Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet hit the New York Times ...

Author: Alice Pope

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599634289

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 703

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Now includes a subscription to NSSWM online (the fiction section of writersmarket.com). For 28 years, Novel & Short Story Writer's Market has been the only resource of its kind exclusively for fiction writers. Anyone who is writing novels and/or storiesâ€"whether romance or literary, horror or graphic novelâ€"needs this resource to help them prepare their submissions and sell their work. You'll have access to listings for over 1,100 book publishers, magazines, literary agents, writing contests and conferences, each containing current contact information, editorial needs, schedules and guidelines that save writers time and take the guesswork out of the submission process. NSSWM includes more than 100 pages of listings for literary journals alone and another 100 pages of book publishers (easily four times as many markets for fiction writers as Writer's Market offers). It also features over a 100 pages of original content: interviews with working editors and writers, how-tos on the craft of fiction, and articles on the business of getting published.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Fodor s Seattle

Fodor s Seattle

Chinatown,” is a 90-minute guided stroll around the I.D. The “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Tour” (based on the bestselling book by Jamie Ford) includes walks in the area and lasts 90 minutes, every Saturday at 1.

Author: Fodor's Travel Guides

Publisher: Fodor's Travel

ISBN: 9780147546838

Category: Travel

Page: 413

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For a limited time, receive a free Fodor's Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel e-book with the purchase of this guidebook! Go to fodors.com for details.Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for more than 80 years. Seattle is a city of many personalities: eclectic, urban, outdoorsy, artsy, gritty, down-to-earth, or posh--it's all here, from the quirky character of the Seattle Waterfront, to the eccentric "Republic of Fremont," to hipsters walking baby carriages past aging mansions on Capitol Hill. There's something for just about everyone within this vibrant Emerald City. Outside of Seattle, the San Juan Islands offer a respite from city life, while Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Olympic National Park beckon adventure travelers. This travel guide includes: · Dozens of full-color maps · Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks · Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path · Coverage of Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Ballard's restaurants and bars, Olympic Sculpture Park, the Puget Sound Islands, Mt. Rainier, Olympic National Park, and the San Juan Islands. Planning to visit more of the Pacific Northwest? Check out Fodor's travel guide to the Pacific Northwest with Oregon, Washington & Vancouver.
Categories: Travel

Songs of Willow Frost

Songs of Willow Frost

Jamie Ford. By Jamie Ford Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Songs of Willow Frost HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET The Million-Copy.

Author: Jamie Ford

Publisher: Allison & Busby

ISBN: 9780749014636

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American, has lived at Seattle's Sacred Heart Orphanage since his mother disappeared five years ago. During a trip to the movie theatre, William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother.
Categories: Fiction

Writing Active Setting Book Two

Writing Active Setting Book Two

Here we'll see how internal/emotional conflict can be shown from the NYT bestseller Hotel onthe Corner of Bitter and ... Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet — Jamie Ford In the above passage the reader is showntheconflict Henry Lee ...

Author: Mary Buckham

Publisher: Cantwell Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781939210012

Category: Education

Page: 68

View: 160

Have you tried to take your writing skills to the next level but don't know where to begin? Do you dread the thought of writing narrative description because as a reader you skip over it when you read novels? Or are you a writer who ignores Setting description totally in your novel writing--but know your story needs it? You just don't know where. Active Setting, explained in comprehensible bites with clear examples from a variety of published authors can help YOU breakthrough with your writing skills. Readers usually remember the plot and characters of a story, but setting is every bit as important in creating a memorable world. Novel writing can be enjoyable once you've mastered a few of the writing skills necessary to bring a story to life. If you're tired of your Setting descriptions being ho-hum and are ready to create a compelling story world, regardless of what you write, or your current level of writing skills, keep reading. In WRITING ACTIVE SETTING Book 1: Characterization and Sensory Detail you will: Discover the difference between Ordinary Setting that bogs down your story, and Active Setting that empowers your story. See how to spin boring descriptions into engaging prose. Learn to deepen the reader's experience of your story world through sensory details. Notice how changing characters' POV can change your setting. Explore ways to maximize the setting possibilities in your story. This book goes straight to the point, putting theory in plain language, adding examples from authors in a variety of genres, and finishes each section with exercises designed to help you work with your Setting in a way that will excite you. . .and your readers!
Categories: Education

Forced Out

Forced Out

... about stepping through this narrow opening into my parents' and sister's past, but it was a bittersweet experience. ... someone passed along to me a paperback titled The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

Author: Judy Y. Kawamoto

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9781646420711

Category: History

Page: 201

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Forced Out: A Nikkei Woman’s Search for a Home in America offers insight into “voluntary evacuation,” a little-known Japanese American experience during World War II, and the lasting effects of cultural trauma. Of the roughly 120,000 people forced from their homes by Executive Order 9066, around 5,000 were able to escape incarceration beforehand by fleeing inland. In a series of beautifully written essays, Judy Kawamoto recounts her family’s flight from their home in Washington to Wyoming, their later moves to Montana and Colorado, and the influence of those experiences on the rest of her life. Hers is a story shared by the many families who lost everything and had to start over in often suspicious and hostile environments. Kawamoto vividly illustrates the details of her family’s daily life, the discrimination and financial hardship they experienced, and the isolation that came from experiencing the horrors of the 1940s very differently than many other Japanese Americans. Chapters address her personal and often unconscious reactions to her parents’ trauma, as well as her own subsequent travels around much of the world, exploring, learning, enjoying, but also unconsciously acting out a continual search for a home. Showing how the impacts of traumatic events are collective and generational, Kawamoto draws interconnections between her family’s displacement and later aspects of her life and juxtaposes the impact of her early experiences and questions of identity, culture, and assimilation. Forced Out will be of great interest to the general reader as well as students and scholars of ethnic studies, Asian American studies, history, education, and mental health.
Categories: History

Love and Other Consolation Prizes

Love and Other Consolation Prizes

His debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, became an international bestseller. It was inspired by the 'I am Chinese' button his father mentioned wearing as a child after the bombing of Pearl Harbour. jamieford.com By ...

Author: Jamie Ford

Publisher: Allison & Busby Ltd

ISBN: 9780749022853

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 963

An enchanting tale of innocence and devotion 1909, Seattle. For Ernest Young, the chance to experience the exotic exhibits and carnival rides at the city’s famous World’s Fair feels like the perfect birthday gift. But the half-Chinese orphan finds his world turned upside down when he discovers that he will be a prize, raffled off to ‘a good home’. The winning ticket belongs to the flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel, and so begins Ernest’s new life. His days of hard work are enriched by his friendship with two girls and he believes he’s found the home he has always longed for – until the three begin to grow up and the choices they must make will haunt them for decades. 1962. On the eve of the new World’s Fair, Ernest is juggling memories and the demands of his ailing wife, while trying to hold on to long-held family secrets which threaten to break free. INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY ‘An evocative, heartfelt, beautifully crafted story’ Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale
Categories: Fiction

Off the Beaten Page

Off the Beaten Page

608 First Avenue, 206—682—4646 www.undergroundtour.com 1:00 PM The International District This is the location of Jamie Ford's The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Start with lunch at the Jade Garden (424 Seventh Avenue South, ...

Author: Terri Peterson Smith

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781613744291

Category: Travel

Page: 306

View: 642

Blending literature and travel, this book offers a look at 15 U.S. destinations featured in the works of famous writers. Designed as a guide to help avid bibliophiles experience, in person, the places they've only read about, award-winning journalist Terri Peterson Smith takes readers on lively tours that include a Mark Twain inspired steamboat cruise on the Mississippi, a Devil in the White City view of Chicago in the Gilded Age, a voyage through the footsteps of the immigrants and iconoclasts of San Francisco, and a look at low country Charleston's rich literary tradition. With advice on planning stress-free group travel and lit trip tips for novices, this resource also features &“beyond the book&” experiences, such as Broadway shows, Segway tours, and kayaking, making it a one-of-a-kind reference for anyone who wants to extend the experience of a great read.
Categories: Travel

The Secret Language of Synchronicity

The Secret Language of Synchronicity

Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” seems to me to symbolically refer to living temporarily (hotel) at both a bad feeling (bitter) and a good feeling (sweet) place. With the reality determined by which street one chooses as her ...

Author: Jenna Moore Fuller

Publisher: Jennifer T Fuller

ISBN: 9780692560693

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 220

View: 106

A scrap of found paper. A cookie's fortune. An overheard comment. The WORDS you happen upon answer some pressing need. You've probably had this experience--come across chance information that feels custom-made for you. An uncanny message that makes you wonder. A meaningful message that's helpful and pertinent. The Secret Language of Synchronicity is about how the Universe answers different people through different types of coincidence. Depending on our favored sense, usually sight or sound, it communicates through written or spoken words. Once we discover our unique style, it is easier to understand these signs and benefit from their meanings. Jenna Moore Fuller has recorded her own meaningful incidents for many years. Dozens of her stories, plus those of acquaintances are included here. Share Jenna's quest to decipher the secret language of synchronicity. And discover your unique style--the magical and mysterious way the Universe speaks through coincidence to you!
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Dispatches from Dystopia

Dispatches from Dystopia

Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel (New York: Ballantine, 2009). 33. Gail Dubrow with Donna Graves, Sento at Sixth and Main: Preserving Landmarks of Japanese American ...

Author: Kate Brown

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226242798

Category: History

Page: 205

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The author "wanders the Chernobyl Zone of Alienation, first on the Internet and then in person, to figure out which version -- the real or the virtual -- is the actual forgery. She also takes us to the basement of a hotel in Seattle to examine the personal possessions left in storage by Japanese Americans on their way to internment camps in 1942. In Uman, Ukraine, we hide with Brown in a tree in order to witness the male-only Rosh Hashanah celebration of Hasidic Jews. In the Russian southern Urals, she speaks with the citizens of the small city of Kyshtym, where invisible radioactive pollutants have mysteriously blighted lives. Finally, Brown returns home to Elgin, Illinois, in the industrial rust belt, to investigate the rise of "rustalgia" and the ways her formative experiences have inspired her obsession with modernist wastelands."--Jacket flap.
Categories: History