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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
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Apr 17, 2012

it was amazing
Read from April 17 to 29, 2012

Love this book! A bit of a slow start, but couldn't put it down at the end... an ending which brought me to tears. Charming story about a Chinese boy, whose father-son relationships (both with his hard core Chinese father in the past and his modernized American son in the present) were based on "wordless communication..." in which they were both "fluent in emotional shorthand." Despite this, Henry managed to love deeply, not only his wife, Ethel, whom he lovingly cared for throughout her terminal illness, but also his childhood love, Keiko, a Japanese girl sent away to live in a internment camp during World War II. A very touching story about true devotion, unconditional love, and blind faith. In the words of Keiko's letter to Henry after a lifetime apart, this story reminds us to "think of the good, not the bad. Of what was, not what wasn't meant to be. Of the time spent together, not the time spent apart...." Highly recommend this book!
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