Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel Bitter Sweetby Jamie Ford

Yes, this book has been on The New York Times bestseller’s list, but if you haven’t yet, I hope you’ll read it soon!  After living 20 years in the Seattle area, I never realized that part of what we now call Chinatown was once known as Nihonmachi, Japantown. In the wartime years of the 1940s, a 12-year-old Chinese American boy befriends a girl of Japanese heritage, defying his father’s hatred of Japan.  Forty-some years later, as a grown man, he goes on a search for an item she left behind when sent to an internment camp. Fascinating premise, bittersweet story.

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