Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Cover image for Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet a novelWhen Henry Lee was a boy in Seattle in the 1940's, he made friends with the enemy, a Japanese American girl named Keiko.  As time passes their friendship grows until Henry knows he would do anything for Keiko.  When she and her family are taken to an internment camp, Henry risks everything to see her again.  But will their love survive the test of time?

I read this book because the author was our featured speaker at the Family Literacy Symposium.  He described himself as a hopeless romantic, in touch with his feminine side.  It shows in his book.  There are heart rending moments, but they are very much tempered by examples of kindness and friendship.  The characters are so real and sympathetic and the ending is very satisfying.  I can see why this is a hot title for book groups right now.   (290 p)

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