Saturday, April 11, 2009
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel by Jamie Ford (16)
Henry is a Chinese American boy living in Seattle during World War II. He is caught between cultures with his ultra traditional father and his American classmates, not fitting into either side. Keiko, a Japanese American girl, who, like him is between two worlds becomes his friend at school where both are scholarship students at a white school. It is not long before Keiko and her family become interned in the Japanese camp far away from Henry, even though they are thoroughly American. The book flashes forward 40 years when Henry is sadly widowed from his Chinese wife and still has memories of Keiko. I enjoyed this book very much.