Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
A NoveleBook - 2009 | 1st ed
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. 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"--Amazon.com.
0345512502 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
From Library Staff
A Chinese-American boy and a Japanese-American girl become friends...and then planes bomb Pearl Harbor.
Ford's bestselling debut, filled with historical details, tells the story of two young immigrants - one Chinese, one Japanese - in Seattle during World War II.
LibrarianDest Jan 31, 2018
Historical fiction about WWII Japanese internment and Seattle's International District.
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.
KCLSRecommends Oct 22, 2014
A bestselling novel, primarily set in Seattle, about the love and friendship between a Chinese American boy and a Japanese American girl during the internment in World War II.
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This is a beautifully written book showing both the pain and beauty of love, music & friendship among the challenges of assimilation, discrimination and war.
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