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  • Published: New York : Ballantine Books, 2009.
  • Year Published: 2009
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 290 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780345505330 (alk. paper)
  • 0345505336 (alk. paper)


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Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet

by Ford, Jamie.

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Call number: Fiction

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Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.

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history is fascinating, story gets a little long

This book does a good job of representing serious issues through the eyes of a kid, but it misses opportunities for serious consideration of those issues by focusing too much on simple, predictable dialogue. It's a quick and easy read but can get frustrating when the story drags on.

Seattle World War II

This was a well-written novel about what happened to Japanese Americans during World War II

read Snow Falling on Cedars instead

This book has already been written. This was a cutesy, childish version of Snow Falling on Cedars.

interesting novel about a less-than-glorious period in US history

This novel is mostly interesting for the information about a period of history Americans should not be proud of: the rounding up and internment of Japanese-Americans in what amounted to prison camps in the middle of nowhere in the US. It is a romantic novel with a fairly predictable ending - a pleasant read. However, if you're looking for inspiring writing, it's not here. Characters and dialogue are just too simplistic. An Oprah book club-type read.

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