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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

By: Jamie Ford
Published: 2009
Pages: 301 (Includes Reader’s/Discussion Guide)
Total Copies: 15
Genre: FictionHistorical Fiction | Cultural, Asian-American | War, WWII | Love & Romance


Description: In 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. The new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese American girl from his childhood in the 1940s—Keiko Okabe, with whom he forged a bond of friendship and innocent love. Now, forty years later, Henry explores the hotel’s basement for the Okabe family’s belongings. His search will take him on a journey to revisit the sacrifices he has made for family, for love, for country.

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