Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie FordIn 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattles Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese American girl from his childhood in the 1940s—Keiko Okabe, with whom he forged a bond of friendship and innocent love that transcended the prejudices of their Old World ancestors. After Keiko and her family were evacuated to the internment camps, she and Henry could only hope that their promise to each other would be kept. Now, forty years later, Henry explores the hotels basement for the Okabe familys belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot even begin to measure. His search will take him on a journey to revisit the sacrifices he has made for family, for love, for country.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet : a novel
Rate this book. Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history - the internment of American-Japanese families during World War II - Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us about forgiveness and the power of the human heart. 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. 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.
The following version of the novel was used to create this study guide: Ford, Jamie. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Ballantine Books, January 27, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford tells the story of lost love and the power of prejudice. The novel follows Henry Lee, an American citizen of Chinese ancestry. Henry's father demands that Henry not go near the areas of Seattle known as Chinatown or Japantown. His father's demands only worsen Henry's struggles.