Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet -- Book Review


I just finished reading a most wonderful debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford. It's about a Chinese boy, Henry, and Japanese girl, Keiko, who fall in love at the tender age of 12, but circumstances beyond their control, the evacuation of Japanese people during WWII, kept them apart. The story is written in two eras, the 1940s and 1986 shortly after Henry became a widower. With the insistence of his son, he attempts to find his long lost love.

It's a sweet and tender story, sure to dampen your eyes a bit.

If there is something to criticize about Jamie Ford's work, I couldn't find it. It's a powerful and compelling story about how love can endure.

Frankly, I highly recommend it. You can read more about Ford's book at this site.
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Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

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Published: Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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