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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
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it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, dual-time, historical

What a truly delightful read this book is. I was blown away by its charm and depth.
This is a dual time novel set in 1986 and also in 1940s America during are days of prohibition, mistrust and racial tension. The narrator is elderly Henry, looking back on his youth during the second world war. Born of Chinese parents and aged 13 Henry struggles to maintain his racial identity. His best friend is a black sax player until he meets Keiko, but she is Japanese, part of race being persecuted relentlessly by the Americans.

This is a truly sensational historical statement and a beautiful love story peopled by the most well rounded believeable characters - even the secondary characters will stay with me for a long time. There is so much crammed into this lovely book you'd think it would be complicated but its a real page turner and so easy to love I can't recommend it highly enough.

Slightly surprised to discover that the author Jamie Ford is a "Dude" as he calls himself.
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Reading Progress

July 27, 2011 – Started Reading
July 27, 2011 – Shelved
August 8, 2011 – Finished Reading
April 24, 2012 – Shelved as: favorites
July 6, 2012 – Shelved as: dual-time
September 26, 2012 – Shelved as: historical

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