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Jamie Ford

USA flag (b.1968)

Jamie Ford is the great grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name 'Ford', thus confusing countless generations. Ford's debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a New York Times bestseller, and has been awarded the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. It has been translated into twenty-nine languages. Having grown up near Seattle's Chinatown, Ford now lives in Montana with his wife and children.

Genres: Historical, Mystery
Jamie Ford recommends
Up from the Blue (2010)
Susan Henderson
"Beautiful and maddening, hopeful and condemning, simple, yet like a knot that takes a lifetime to untangle... A heartbreaking, rewarding story that still haunts me."
Learning to Swim (2011)
(Troy Chance, book 1)
Sara J Henry
"A mesmerizing confluence of intrigue and suspense."
The World As We Know It (2011)
Joseph Monninger
"A tender, gentle, achingly beautiful tale that is impossible to put down."
Love Water Memory (2013)
Jennie Shortridge
"A beautiful novel about vwhat the mind forgets and what the heart remembers. A captivating read from start to finish."
Crossing the Street (2017)
Molly D Campbell
"Hilarious and full of heartwarming, familial honesty, Molly's latest was a joy to read."
Unbound (2017)
John Shors
"Unbound is utterly captivating."
Arbuckle (2018)
(Arbuckle Trilogy, book 3)
Russell Rowland
"Part love story, part frontier mystery, Russell Rowland's latest novel is a heartbreaking heartwarming journey that's ment to be savored."
My Name Is Venus Black (2018)
Heather Lloyd
"A terrific debut, told gently, honestly, and with a generous amount of hope."
Silent Hearts (2018)
Gwen Florio
"A rich, haunting, immersive story of cultures at the crossroads—deeply moving. A heart-smashingly good read, the kind of novel you’ll want to share with your book club."
The Secret of Clouds (2019)
Alyson Richman
"A tender, captivating, and ultimately satisfying story about the emotional gifts exchanged between a caring teacher and a student in need. Thank you, Alyson Richman, for another heartrending tale."
The Scent Keeper (2019)
Erica Bauermeister
"Lyrical...Transformative...Richly rewards all your senses. I was mesmerized."
What's Left of Me Is Yours (2019)
Stephanie Scott
"Remember that new-discovery, time-stopping, every-moment-is-magical kind of love? That's what it felt like to read this novel. Then limerence turns to passion which leads to tragedy and suddenly this book is impossible to put down as you speed toward a conclusion that is as surprising as it is satisfying."
Hollow Kingdom (2019)
(Hollow Kingdom, book 1)
Kira Jane Buxton
"I love this book so much! I wanted to set it on fire while hugging it. I wanted to hasten the apocalypse just to see how my own pets fare in a more humane world without humans. Kira Jane Buxton's voice is fresh, like a newly dug grave, but so joyful and honest you'll laugh out loud, and then check to make sure you haven't lost an eyeball. Hollow Kingdom is a wildly original debut and a paean to my favorite city."
The Blaze (2020)
Chad Dundas
"An authentic look at memories, how they affect us, and how their absence leaves holes in our lives that can’t be filled with anything but the truth. A fantastic mystery that had me in its grip from the first page."
Betty (2020)
Tiffany McDaniel
"This novel broke my brain. The lush, hypnotic prose, the voice, so authentic and compelling, as Betty Carpenter holds your hand and leads you through a world filled with familial tragedy. Each more haunting than the last, until you're left holding your breath, with a tourniquet on your heart. This is powerful, relentless storytelling at its best."
The Center of Everything (2021)
Jamie Harrison
"This doesn't feel like a work of fiction. It feels real, like reading someone's diary. I'm left convinced that these characters have immortal souls and I find comfort in their familiarity. I want to spend more time in their world, urging them to whisper their secrets in my ear. A brilliant book."
My Brilliant Life (2021)
Ae-ran Kim
"This is one of those novels where the characters seem to have immortal souls. They're so real to me I feel like adding them to my Christmas card list. When you read this book, give them my regards. Let them know I still think about them."
Luck of the Titanic (2021)
Stacey Lee
"This is the kind of book I absolutely love. Heroism and heartbreaking tragedy, seen through the eyes of those who have been left off the pages of our history books."
Meeting in Positano (2021)
Goliarda Sapienza
"A profoundly intimate book, achingly beautiful, like a warm, lyrical daydream. As I turned the pages I felt as though I were in postwar Positano, brushing the sand and salt from my skin, a silent character in Goliarda’s world of tragic possibility."
And It Will Be A Beautiful Life (2021)
Craig Lancaster
"An absorbing blue-collar meditation on marriage and meaning at midlife. A coming-of-age story, but that age just happens to be 55. We've all been there, or will soon be."
Clark and Division (2021)
(Japantown Mystery, book 1)
Naomi Hirahara
"One part mystery. One part historical fiction. In Naomi Hirahara's expert hands that 1+1 equation somehow equals 10, leaving you with a story that is enthralling, enlightening, and edifying."
The Perishing (2021)
Natashia Deon
"This isn't a book. It's a touchstone. It's an oracle. It's a mirror in which you will see your authentic self, reflected on the pages. The Perishing is one part lyrical mystery, one part history lesson you didn't learn in school, one part time machine. It's a lush, genre-smashing, philosophical experience of a novel that blew my mind even as it broke my heart."
Small World (2022)
Jonathan Evison
"This is more than a sprawling, big-hearted, blue-collar novel, it's a Dickensian saga on a grand American scale, filled with beauty and violence, tragedy and redemption. This is the kind of historical fiction that keeps you up all night, burning in your veins like kerosene."
The Fervor (2022)
Alma Katsu
"I'm in awe of Alma Katsu's uncanny ability to take historical fiction and infuse it with something so dark and otherworldly. I read this book in two sittings and during the night in between, I dreamt about it. A supernatural story with true heartache."
Take My Hand (2022)
Dolen Perkins-Valdez
"This powerful novel finds the humanity in one of the most inhumane chapters of American history. Take My Hand will enrage you. It will illuminate you. It just might redeem you. In the process, it will take your breath away. I don't say this often, but it's a must-read."
Remarkably Bright Creatures (2022)
Shelby Van Pelt
"A perfect story with imperfect characters, that is so heartwarming, so mysterious, and so completely absorbing, you won't be able to put it down because when you're not reading this book you'll be hugging it."

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