Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

‘You just gave me hope, Henry.

Author: Jamie Ford

Publisher: Allison & Busby

ISBN: 9780749009397

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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‘You just gave me hope, Henry. And sometimes hope is enough to get you through anything’ 1986, The Panama Hotel The old Seattle landmark has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made a startling discovery in the basement: personal belongings stored away by Japanese families sent to interment camps during the Second World War. Among the fascinated crowd gathering outside the hotel, stands Henry Lee, and, as the owner unfurls a distinctive parasol, he is flooded by memories of his childhood. He wonders if by some miracle, in amongst the boxes of dusty treasures, lies a link to the Okabe family, and the girl he lost his young heart to, so many years ago. With over a million copies sold worldwide, this captivating debut is a story of the sacrifices one boy makes for love and for his country.
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel,. sneezing. and. coughing,. for. nearly. three. hours. In. that. - time he'd
found countless photo albums of babies and faded black-and-white snapshots of
families celebrating Christmas and New Year's. Boxes and boxes of fine
dishware ...

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 Songs of Willow Frost.
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost Two Bestselling Novels

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost  Two Bestselling Novels

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Songs of Willow Frost Jamie Ford.
HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET A N 0 V E L € Jamie Ford
B. A. L. L. A N T 1 N E B O O. K. 4 - N E W Y 0. R. K. Copyright © 2009 by James
Ford ...

Author: Jamie Ford

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780804180894

Category: Fiction

Page: 656

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Jamie Ford caused a stir among readers with his unforgettable debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which he followed up with the much-anticipated Songs of Willow Frost. Each in their own way, these New York Times bestsellers delve into the past, combining exquisite storytelling with heartfelt explorations of family, love, and heritage. Now both magnificent novels are together in one exclusive eBook bundle. HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET “Mesmerizing and evocative . . . a tale of conflicted loyalties and timeless devotion.”—Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants “A wartime-era Chinese-Japanese variation on Romeo and Juliet . . . The period detail [is] so revealing and so well rendered.”—The Seattle Times In 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown, where the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese American girl from his childhood in the 1940s—Keiko Okabe, with whom he forged a bond that transcended the prejudices of their Old World ancestors. After Keiko and her family were evacuated, she and Henry could only hope that their promise to each other would be kept. Now, forty years later, Henry explores the hotel’s basement for the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot even begin to measure. SONGS OF WILLOW FROST “Jamie Ford is a first-rate novelist, and with Songs of Willow Frost he takes a great leap forward and demonstrates the uncanny ability to move me to tears.”—Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides “Arresting . . . [with] the kind of ending readers always hope for, but seldom get.”—The Dallas Morning News Seattle, 1934: Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. But now William, in a rare visit to the movies, has glimpsed an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that she is his mother. Determined to find her, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigate the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to Willow Frost . . . a woman whose story is far more complicated than any fantasy portrayed onscreen.
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered in Seattle, Henry Lee embarks on a quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment.

Author: Jamie Ford

Publisher:

ISBN: 0804176337

Category: Fathers and sons

Page: 308

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When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered in Seattle, Henry Lee embarks on a quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment.
Categories: Fathers and sons

Songs of Willow Frost

Songs of Willow Frost

From Jamie Ford, the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, comes his much-anticipated second novel.

Author: Jamie Ford

Publisher: Allison & Busby

ISBN: 9780749014636

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 984

From Jamie Ford, the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, comes his much-anticipated second novel. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness. William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage for five long years. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other children are taken to see a movie and he glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. William is convinced that the movie star is his mother. When William sets out to find Willow he discovers that her story is far more complicated than any Hollywood fantasy.
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Study Guide Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford SuperSummary

Study Guide  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford  SuperSummary

This 37-page guide for "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 52 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis.

Author: SuperSummary

Publisher:

ISBN: 1797080911

Category:

Page: 37

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SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 37-page guide for "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 52 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 10 important quotes, discussion topics, and key themes like Father-son relationships and Being an American.
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Love and Other Consolation Prizes

Love and Other Consolation Prizes

An enchanting tale of innocence and devotion 1909, Seattle.

Author: Jamie Ford

Publisher: Allison & Busby Ltd

ISBN: 9780749022853

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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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
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The Publishers Weekly

The Publishers Weekly

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HOTEL - CORNER BITTER SWEET 1 10 Dead Silence . Randy Wayne White .

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ISBN: UCSD:31822036342517

Category: American literature

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Categories: American literature

Library Journal

Library Journal

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ISBN: UCSC:32106017989119

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Middle Lost and Found

Middle  Lost  and Found

A short story from Jamie Ford, the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Author: Jamie Ford

Publisher: Allison & Busby

ISBN: 9780749016852

Category: Fiction

Page: 25

View: 503

A short story from Jamie Ford, the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
Categories: Fiction

Spirited Stone

Spirited Stone

An early immigrant's vision transforms swampland into a beloved public park. Essays, poems, and photographs celebrate Fujitaro Kubota's legacy.

Author:

Publisher: Chin Music

ISBN: 1634059751

Category: Gardening

Page: 220

View: 230

An early immigrant's vision transforms swampland into a beloved public park. Essays, poems, and photographs celebrate Fujitaro Kubota's legacy.
Categories: Gardening

Many Mansions

Many Mansions

The appendix of Many Mansions includes a timeline of key historical events during the years 1935 through 1945, a numbered list of figures cited in the book, and a bibliography of the primary and secondary sources used in researching this ...

Author: Bruce Robinson

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 153348578X

Category:

Page: 290

View: 219

Many Mansions is a memoir about what it was like to grow up in a luxury hotel-The Robert Treat in Newark, New Jersey. From 1935 and 1945 my family lived in the management suite there while my father, Lloyd Robinson, was Vice President and General Manager. Many Mansions is not just about the achievements of one man, however. There's a much bigger story here about a highly diverse community of employees and managers determined to build a successful business through teamwork and dedication at a time when our entire nation was faced with two simultaneous calamities-the Great Depression and World War II. Written from the point of view of someone who had daily encounters with employees at all levels of the hotel staff, Many Mansions is basically a collection of short anecdotes and personal essays illustrated with both private family and archived public-domain photographs. Though organized chronologically, each chapter title focuses on a unique topic, such as "Hotel amenities-then and now" or "Jimmy the carpenter" or "Table manners" or "The disappearing sailor." To make the historical context come alive, every anecdote and essay is linked to one or more photographs of some significant person, place or event in the greater Newark area during the 1930s and 1940s. Included, for instance, will be newspaper photos of such well-known personalities of the time as Dutch Schultz, such iconic landmarks as "The Wars of America" monument in Military Park, or such important civic events as the opening of The Lincoln Tunnel in 1937. The appendix of Many Mansions includes a timeline of key historical events during the years 1935 through 1945, a numbered list of figures cited in the book, and a bibliography of the primary and secondary sources used in researching this book. Also included in the appendix are two published autobiographical accounts by the author's father and by a relative of the Aronson family who befriended Albert Einstein when he and his wife stayed at the Robert Treat after escaping to America from Nazi Germany in 1933. Although Many Mansions is non-fiction, it has much in common with such fictional works as Kay Thompson's Eloise at The Plaza (1955); Arthur Hailey's Hotel (Doubleday, 1965); and Jamie Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Random House, 2009).
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Bared to You Behind the Story A Book Companion

Bared to You   Behind the Story  A Book Companion

Highly recommended. - ForTheQuinn (Austin, TX, US) Disclaimer: This work is not meant to replace, but to complement the original work. If you've loved the novel, then this is the book for you.

Author: Behind the StoryTM Books

Publisher: XinXii

ISBN: 9781301144440

Category: Study Aids

Page: 62

View: 104

Loved the novel, but still hungry for more? If you've devoured the last morsel of your savory book, but have a stomach that yearns for more, "Behind the Story" will be a most delightful surprise. Enjoy this basket full of hand-picked treats, compiled as an easy, concise, info-rich serving just for you! You'll be on a VIP tour where we will take you by the hand to show you what is behind the curtains, what is "Behind the Story". Introducing: Behind the Story Series - Over 100 published titles and sold all over the world... and counting! - Over 17 5-star reviews alone! - Refined for quality by a team of Researchers, Authors, and Editors - Ranked page #1 in 96% of searches, ranked search result #2 in 9 titles! Experience why others are coming back for more. This is the second such companion book I've read in this series, and I'm anxiously awaiting more. By Ms. Eden (US/UK) for Major Pettigrew's Last Stand – March 22, 2012 My brother has almost all the Behind the Story books because he and his wife are avid readers and he lent me this one since I am such a Clancy fan... By Pauly Ortega for Against All Enemies August 21, 2011 Re-read the original book RIGHT AFTER reading this book! The original book suddenly became much richer and more enticing after I finished this Behind the Story, I HAD to open up the original book once more! Highly recommended! From Sherry Lawson for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, February 22, 2012 A sneak peek of what's inside: - Special invitation to become a Beta-Reader for Behind the Story. - Chance for you to win lifetime updates! - Bibliography and resources, great as study guides or research resource. - Trivia Questions and Discussion Starters, great for your book clubs! SAMPLE EXCERPT: “What was the inspiration behind the creation of this book?” Although many people have expressed how much Bared to You resembles Fifty Shades of Grey, Day said in interviews that her real inspiration for writing this book is her own novel, Seven Years to Sin. It is a historical novel also dealing with a couple recovering from difficult, abusive pasts. In Seven Years to Sin, the main characters were brought together by their histories. But Day wondered how it would be like if the past of two people very attracted to each other push them apart. What if their trauma inhibits them from connecting with the person they are in love with? Can an abuse survivor be able to have a functional and healthy romantic relationship with another abuse survivor? Day wanted to explore that. This premise, the desire to answer these questions at least in the context of a story, resulted in the plotline that will encompass the three books in the Crossfire series. - - - - - Don't miss out! It's highly recommended. if you're a real literature junkie or a diehard fan of the novel (I am both) it's really a must read. Highly recommended. - ForTheQuinn (Austin, TX, US) Disclaimer: This work is not meant to replace, but to complement the original work. If you've loved the novel, then this is the book for you. It is educational in purpose, entertaining in nature, unauthorized and unofficial. It is a digestive work produced to stimulate the appetite and to encourage readers to appreciate the original work even more.
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Next to Love

Next to Love

Beautiful, startling, and heartbreaking, Next to Love is a love letter to the brave women who shaped a nation’s destiny. “Impossible to put down.” —Stacy Schiff Look for special features inside.

Author: Ellen Feldman

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780679643692

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 388

For fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, The Postmistress, and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, a story of love, war, loss, and the scars they leave set during the years of World War II and its aftermath. It’s 1941. Babe throws like a boy, thinks for herself, and never expects to escape the poor section of her quiet Massachusetts town. Then World War II breaks out, and everything changes. Her friend Grace, married to a reporter on the local paper, fears being left alone with her infant daughter when her husband ships out; Millie, the third member of their childhood trio, now weds the boy who always refused to settle down; and Babe wonders if she should marry Claude, who even as a child could never harm a living thing. As the war rages abroad, life on the home front undergoes its own battles and victories; and when the men return, and civilian life resumes, nothing can go back to quite the way it was. From postwar traumas to women’s rights, racial injustice to anti-Semitism, Babe, Grace, and Millie experience the dislocations, the acute pains, and the exhilaration of a society in flux. Along the way, they will learn what it means to be a wife, a mother, a friend, a fighter, and a survivor. Beautiful, startling, and heartbreaking, Next to Love is a love letter to the brave women who shaped a nation’s destiny. “Impossible to put down.” —Stacy Schiff Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.
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Silent Hearts

Silent Hearts

As the bond between Farida and Liv deepens, war-scarred Kabul acts in different ways upon them, as well as their husbands. Silent Hearts is “highly recommended, especially for fans of Khaled Hosseini” (Library Journal, starred review).

Author: Gwen Florio

Publisher: Atria Books

ISBN: 9781501181931

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 917

For fans of A Thousand Splendid Suns, “a rich, haunting, immersive story of cultures at the crossroads” (Jamie Ford, bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet) that follows two women in Afghanistan—an American aid worker and her local interpreter—as they form an unexpected friendship despite their utterly different life experiences and the ever-increasing violence in Kabul. ​ In 2001, Kabul is a place of possibility as people fling off years of repressive Taliban rule. This hopeful chaos brings together American aid worker Liv Stoellner and Farida Basra, an educated Pakistani woman still adjusting to her arranged marriage to Gul, the son of an Afghan strongman whose family spent years of exile in Pakistan before returning to Kabul. Both Liv and her husband take positions at an NGO that helps Afghan women recover from the Taliban years. They see the move as a reboot—Martin for his moribund academic career, Liv for their marriage. But for Farida and Gul, the move to Kabul is fraught, severing all ties with Farida’s family and her former world, and forcing Gul to confront a chapter in his life he’d desperately tried to erase. The two women, brought together by Farida’s work as an interpreter, form a nascent friendship based on their growing mutual love for Afghanistan. As the bond between Farida and Liv deepens, war-scarred Kabul acts in different ways upon them, as well as their husbands. Silent Hearts is “highly recommended, especially for fans of Khaled Hosseini” (Library Journal, starred review).
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Love and Other Consolation Prizes

Love and Other Consolation Prizes

A half-Chinese orphan whose mother sacrificed everything to give him a better life is raffled off at Seattle's 1909 World's Fair, only to land in the ownership of the madam of a brothel where he finds friendship and opportunities.

Author: Jamie Ford

Publisher: Random House Large Print

ISBN: 0525501231

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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A powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle's epic 1909 World's Fair.
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