Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

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Click for availability and more information Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford
 
An endearing and truly bittersweet tale of loyalty and friendship, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is set in Seattle and centered on the often traumatic circumstances faced by Asian youths during World War II. The two main characters . both American born of Chinese and Japanese parents, often face traumatic circumstances because of their Asian backgrounds. Henry is Chinese and his elementary school best friend Keiko is Japanese. Henry's father strongly pressures him to Americanize and fit in, even to the point of insisting he wear an "I am Chinese" button so he is not seen as being Japanese. Keiko and her family are seen as enemies of the United States and sent to an internment camp during the war years.

Ford splits the story development between Henry's childhood years as he tries to remain close to his pal Keiko and his adult years when he tries to reconcile the path his life took with his yearning to discover Keiko's fate after her family's confinement in the resettlement camp for Japanese-Americans. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a touching and revealing story of a segment of American society during the World War II years. This book is highly recommended.
-Roy

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