Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

This month's book club selection was Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.  Beautifully written, it is a lovely story of a difficult time in American history.  The narrative alternates between a 12-year-old boy in 1942 Seattle and the same boy, now a grown man in 1984.  In 1942, he is a Chinese boy dealing with the difficulties of being Asian following the attack on Pearl Harbour.  In 1984, he is dealing with the resurrection of all those memories.  While everyone in our book club agreed it was a wonderful book, some felt it took a little while to get into the story.  Others, myself included, were taken from the very start.  I have already hardily recommended it to others and now I recommend it to you.

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