Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

May 21, 2012

This review discusses some important details to the plot.

Really, such a sweet story. I loved the setting: 1942, Seattle, Chinese boy in love with a Japanese girl. I've read very little about the Japanese internment...maybe we're a little ashamed? We actually IMPRISONED other Americans? I understand it was a time of fear, but still...

Anyway, the format of the book goes back and forth between 1942 and 1986. My only disappointment was in the ending (of course). It just wasn't as fulfilling as I wanted it to be. I wanted Henry to get more into the search for Keiko...I wanted more pulling of the old heartstrings. Plus, I was really disappointed that he didn't give Keiko all of her photographs back. After all the lengths he went to to keep them safe, I think he should have taken them to New York.

This was, surprisingly, a very clean swearing, no uncomfortable scenes, etc. I feel like I could, and would, recommend this book without reservation.

I wrote this review before creating this blog.

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