Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345505347
0345505344
9780345505330
0345505336
Branch Call Number: FICTION FORD 2009
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 25 cm

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pink_cat_738
Jun 07, 2017

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet is a great novel about World War Two and Japanese internment camps. I loved this book so much

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Bazette
Apr 24, 2017

I give this a 5 star! I couldn't put it down and had a good cry in the end. One of those books where you forget you are actually reading it and not living it. It gives a lot of insights into why there are ghettos and the discrimination against immigrants.

AL_WENDY Aug 29, 2016

The title says it all: a bittersweet love story that breaks your heart and puts it back together. Beautiful imagery and writing.

AL_TATYANA Aug 19, 2016

A good read! An eye opening story with a bittersweet melancholy touch throughout the book.

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lyndseybarker10
Aug 03, 2016

The author really took you back to WWII and all the emotions it entailed.

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lyndseybarker10
Aug 03, 2016

Nicely written historical fiction with great character development.

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lyndseybarker10
Aug 03, 2016

Absolutely loved this!

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Birder_1
Aug 01, 2016

Such a sweet and tender story of the bittersweet friendship between a young Chinese boy and the Japanese girl who were friends during World War II when Japanese were rounded up and removed to "prison" camps. It's multi-generational as it the book follows these two through adulthood.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 27, 2016

A great tale of historical fiction, Ford presents events in America during World War II through a touching story. It speaks of a Chinese boy, Henry Lee, who has befriended a Japanese girl, Keiko Okabe. Conflicts arise that start separating the two, with the US’s alliance with China and confliction with Japan. The book is set in two time periods set 40 years apart, where Henry is reminded of his past by a Japanese parasol of the Panama Hotel. The book has a beautiful, if historically crude, plot that beseeches citizens to think about the country’s past and learn from what has happened. Although the story is extraordinary, well developed, and very touching, there is a presence of inaccuracies and anachronisms in the story’s setting and information. The implied universality of the Internet in 1986, or the level of maturity that the two twelve-year olds demonstrate, especially the actions that Henry takes just to see Keiko, are examples of this. Rated 4/5 for a brilliant, emotional, and eye-opening historical book that, as its title suggests, tells its tale with a bittersweet melancholy throughout the book.
- @interneuron of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

CMLibrary_vchapman Jan 21, 2016

A really good story about that thing called love. Set against the backdrop of 1940's Seattle, Washington; mixed with history, culture, sadness and acceptance. A good book to add to your reading list.

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Jul 02, 2013

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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hlsadler
Jun 19, 2012

A young Chinese-American boy befriends a Japanese-American girl who is displaced into a Japanese-American Interment camp.

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blue_dog_8329
Oct 23, 2016

"Thank you and you have a fine day sir" -Sheldon and Henry

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nic03red
Jan 23, 2011

The hardest choices in life aren't between what's right and what's wrong but between what's right and what's best.

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