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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: The international bestseller and word-of-mouth sensation

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However, Ford deftly pulls off a Hollywood-worthy romance from the files, one anchored to a true event. The story alternates between following the child Henry as he contends with the conflicting motives and prejudices of his father during World War II, and the grownup Henry who is learning to live without his wife. The experience of Japanese-American citizens caught stateside in the wake of Pearl Harbor has become a dusty footnote to the conflict.

To some White Americans, there were no differences between the Japanese-Americans, Chinese-Americans and the enemy Japanese. In Keiko’s family her whole family speaks English, and she does not know any Japanese as her family considers themselves to be Americain and therefore act accordingly) . Peopled with wonderful characters, with a story that reaches to the very bottom of your heart, this is a novel not to miss. It gave an interesting insight into the Chinese views of the war, along with the effects, and the aftermath, of the Japanese internment on the Seattle area.Not very many books have made me read thru tears but this was such a profound story that needed to be written, with characters believable and heroic. I'm always seeing those posts on Facebook of kids of different cultures and races playing together, hugging each other and only seeing what they love.

And because I believe readers—lovers of books, wherever they live, are the best kind of people—curious and compassionate, creative and filled with boundless hope. There are also other characters – his son Marty, who is graduating from university and his new girlfriend Samantha, who is not Chinese. Notes: Canada also interred it’s Japanese Canadians during WW2 as told in The Jade Peony They say all is fair in Love and War - it’s understandable that alliances were questioned – Still books like these bring to light a subject worth reflecting on. This is a well written novel, full of memorable characters such as the black sax player, Sheldon and the school lunch supervisor, Mrs Beatty. Although this probably would not have been a book I would have chosen to read ordinarily, I found it drawing me into the story of Henry and Keiko.I so enjoyed seeing the boy Henry was (in the 1940s) interspersed with more modern chapters (1980s) so I also viewed the man he became. I think a part of me resists because I love finding "little" books that deserve kudos and talking about them. With a wonderful characterisation, mesmerising relationships, a breathtaking narrative and a story that will most certainly leave you wanting more, Hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet is one of my highlights of the year.

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