This author really needed to do better research or have an editor who knows something about history. The characters really came alive in the novel, including the secondary characters. And so, in the style of , I am bidding this book good-bye. Life is difficult for both of them. This encounter proves strange and difficult at first. He then learns that his father has been intercepting his mail to and from Keiko—and that's why they've had a terrible time keeping in touch. I'm not the type of reader that necessarily longs for a happy ending, but this one certainly satisfies.
Henry's son Marty and Marty's future wife help Henry find Keiko. Because I believe literature can, and should, transcend politics. Can Henry recover what he's lost 40 years ago? Highly recommended for readers of all ages. Henry arrives home one day to find a ticket to China in his name. Beatty, the cafeteria lady who is more than she seems. Disappointed, and somewhat deflated, I nevertheless read on trying to ignore the negativity, stay positive and try to like the story and get into the characters.
Keiko welcomes a visit from Henry. In the middle of the crowd stood Henry, shopping bags hanging at his side. The efforts of how Henry tried to maintain his connection with Keiko, even visiting her in the camps, undercover, is very well developed. However, Henry and Keiko were assigned to serve in the cafeteria where it appeared that only kids who were in trouble were sent. Great to meet Jamie Ford at the High Plains Bookfest in Billings in October! I give it one star and a new title: Prose on the Precipice of Barfy and Saccharain Switching between 1942 and 1986 this is an easy read on a complex subject.
Perhaps I could attend the Tehran Book Festival. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. I was on Compuserve in 1984, with an old coupler modem like you saw in the movie Wargames. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Reading Group Guides. Ford is a promising writer who, I feel, needs to trust his readers more. Their stoic acceptance bordering on cheerful resignation over the loss of all they owned while very commendable rang false.
Its multifaceted, well-paced plot is sure to put it at the top of many a book club's reading list, and it is likely to attract a wide audience. It's clear on every page how thoroughly Ford, who grew up here did his research. So when I saw the audio at the library, I figured. We meet young Henry who is 12 years old. Such a great book club book. Henry searches for the record just as he searches for Keiko and never gives up on both of them.
The Panama Hotel is where Keiko's family stored the larger part of their belongings when they were shipped to the internment camps. I sometimes wonder how such books become bestsellers. Just the few, the proud, the computer geeks. . The audience are the readers of this book. He is lonely in the world and is bullied at school, but then he meets Keiko.
Very well written, and very touching. Henry is Chinese, Keiko is Japanese. But there is one person who does not ignore him and that it a young Japanese girl named Keiko. I know several members of the excellent legal team that got his conviction vacated. Among those belongings, Henry is hoping to find one specific memory which connects him to the love of his youth, the Japanese-American girl, Keiko Okabe.
Exploring themes of loyalty, justice, love, coming of age, music, and family, author weaves a story that is not easy to forget. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel. I have to admit I cried a few times while reading this book! Henry's life is shown in the past and in the present, and in both instances he experiences many complications and hardships. Henry searches the belongings desperately looking for a rare record that he shared with Keiko and a hope he could discover a link to her if she was still alive. One of BookBrowse's Top 3 Favorite Books of 2009 In the opening pages of Jamie Fords stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattles Japantown. I remember that day well because even though its sunny in Haiti become that time of the month the heat was unbearable. By the early 1900s, some Japanese immigrants had started to lease land and sharecrop - California reacted by passing The Alien Land Law of 1913 which banned the purchase of land by Japanese.