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Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

(2009)
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"Mesmerising and evocative."
Sara Gruen


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 American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship-and innocent love-that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.

Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel's dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family's belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice-words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago.

Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.

 
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Used availability for Jamie Ford's Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


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Hardback Editions

April 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Author(s): Jamie Ford
ISBN: 0-7490-0919-5 / 978-0-7490-0919-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY
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October 2009 : USA Library Binding
Title: Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Reader's Circle (Prebound))
Author(s): Jamie Ford
ISBN: 0-606-23833-6 / 978-0-606-23833-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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May 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Thorndike Core)
Author(s): Jamie Ford
ISBN: 1-4104-1497-3 / 978-1-4104-1497-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
Author(s): Jamie Ford
ISBN: 0-345-50533-6 / 978-0-345-50533-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Paperback Editions

September 2013 : Canada Paperback
Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
Author(s): Jamie Ford
ISBN: 1-4596-6978-9 / 978-1-4596-6978-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
Availability: Amazon UK   

February 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Author(s): Jamie Ford
ISBN: 0-7490-1072-X / 978-0-7490-1072-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY
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April 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet
Author(s): Jamie Ford
ISBN: 1-59413-496-0 / 978-1-59413-496-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Large Print Press
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October 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Author(s): Jamie Ford
ISBN: 0-345-50534-4 / 978-0-345-50534-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Audio Editions

July 2012 : USA Audio edition
Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
Author(s): Jamie Ford
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

July 2012 : UK Audio edition
Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
Author(s): Jamie Ford
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2009 : USA Audio CD
Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
Author(s): Jamie Ford
ISBN: 0-7393-8283-7 / 978-0-7393-8283-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2009 : USA Audio edition
Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
Author(s): Jamie Ford
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   

January 2009 : USA Audio CD
Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Author(s): Jamie Ford
ISBN: 1-4159-6209-X / 978-1-4159-6209-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

April 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Author(s): Jamie Ford
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
Author(s): Jamie Ford
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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