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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - A Novel

Jamie Ford

"Sentimental, heartfelt….the exploration of Henry's changing relationship with his family and with Keiko will keep most readers turning pages...A timely debut that not only reminds readers of a shameful episode in American history, but cautions us to examine the present and take heed we don't repeat those injustices."-- Kirkus Reviews "A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war--not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today's world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you feel." -- Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain "Jamie Ford's first novel explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut." -- Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol. This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry's world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While "scholarshipping" at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese Americ

"Sentimental, heartfelt….the exploration of Henry's changing relationship with his family and with Keiko will keep most readers turning pages...A timely debut that not only reminds readers of a shameful episode in American history, but cautions us to examine the present and take heed we don't repeat those injustices."-- Kirkus Reviews "A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war--not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today's world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you feel." -- Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain "Jamie Ford's first novel explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut." -- Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol. This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry's world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While "scholarshipping" at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese Americ
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"Sentimental, heartfelt….the exploration of Henry's changing relationship with his family and with Keiko will keep most readers turning pages...A timely debut that not only reminds readers of a shameful episode in American history, but cautions us to examine the present and take heed we don't repeat those injustices."-- Kirkus Reviews "A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war--not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today's world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you feel." -- Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain "Jamie Ford's first novel explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut." -- Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol. This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry's world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While "scholarshipping" at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese Americ

Language:

English

Narrators:

Feodor Chin

Length:

10h 52m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:48


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:39


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:43


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:50


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:50


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:44


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:06


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:09


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:50


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:50


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:14


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:22


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:43


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:06


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:24


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:31


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:35


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:33


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:25


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:52


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:09


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:46


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:24


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:22


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:31


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:33


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:36


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:43


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:28


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:58


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:57


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:17


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:48


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:51


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:38


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:39


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:20


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:27


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:38


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:30


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:44


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:24


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:05


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:06


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:49


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:57


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:13


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:13


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:31


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:11


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:05


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:01


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:08


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:14


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:52


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:06


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:24


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:27


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:39


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:12


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:14


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:58


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:59


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:56


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:34


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:53


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:35


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:21


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:00


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:24


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:20


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:48


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:00


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:00


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:25


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:29


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:07


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:17


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:14


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:05


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:50


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:28


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:28


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:00


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:08


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

02:53


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:52


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:05


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:52


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

02:39


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:13


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:27


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:18


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:57


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:44


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:34


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

02:31


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:58


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:37


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:21


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:11


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:22


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:18


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:46


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:09


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:32


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:54


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:45


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

03:33


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

02:51


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:41


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:47


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:31


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:05


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:51


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:24


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:08


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:18


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

02:08


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

00:35