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Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
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Jan 09, 2014

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I think the whole world fell in love with "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet", Ford's last book. Granted, it was a little overly precious and predictable, but it was a fantastic story about Japanese Americans in WWII. There was no question in my mind that I'd read this book as well, a story about Chinese American women in the 20's and 30's, their role in society as single mothers, and the fate of their children. Ford does a great job of wringing out all the heartbreak and tragedy of these situations, while keeping it sweet. However, while the story is entertaining, it didn't inspire me to listen nonstop. Again, it was sweet but fairly predictable, and the characters were very stereotyped. The narration of Ryan Gesell may have contributed to my apathy. His portrayal of the Chinese accent did not ring true to me (the American accents were fine). It is hard to describe WHY, except that it sounded too artificial and full of affectation.
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Reading Progress

January 9, 2014 – Started Reading
January 9, 2014 – Shelved
January 9, 2014 – Shelved as: audio
January 16, 2014 – Finished Reading

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