Friday, January 28, 2011
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford I don't remember which of my blog friends recommended this book, but I'm glad they did. I just finished it this week, and as I turned the last page, I wanted more. - Set in Seattle, in what we now refer to as the International District, it alternates between the period of 1942-45 and 1986. In 1986 an old hotel, the Panama, which was once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown, is being renovated after being sealed up since 1942. In the basement are found the belongings of about 40 Japanese families who were rounded up and sent to internment camps. - This is the story of Henry Lee, a Chinese American boy, and his relationship with Keiko, a Japanese American girl. For Henry, son of an old world father, it was a forbidden friendship. For both it is a struggle against cruelty and injustice. For the reader it is important historical fiction. - And it is a love story, one that takes the characters from Seattle to Puyallup to Minidoka in Idaho, and finally to New York. - I just wish there had been one more chapter. I guess we all get to write our own.