About the Book: In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. 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.

My Review: I should be honest upfront and say that the history of Japan and Japanese people, no matter where they are, is of extreme interest to me. So I especially looked forward to this book that deals with the internment camps during World War II, which is of interest to me.

I really enjoyed this well written story. Jamie Ford explored many different ideas about race, nationalism, and first love within the pages of this very enjoyable book. This was a page turner for me…I wanted to keep reading and find what happened.

I can’t imagine what it must have been like to find the belongings of the Japanese in the Panama Hotel. I think it would be positively heartbreaking to see all of the things they left behind.

I also enjoyed the contrast of Henry relating to his father and then the chapters where he is relating to his son. There was a lot of character growth for Henry in both stages of his life.

This is a very enjoyable book about an important time in history and is highly recommended.

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8 Responses to “Review: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford”

  1. Julie P. Says:

    I’m with you — I enjoyed this book and I’m always attracted to books about the Japanese people. Did you read TALLGRASS?

  2. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit Says:

    “the history of Japan and Japanese people, no matter where they are, is of extreme interest to me. So I especially looked forward to this book that deals with the internment camps during World War II, which is of interest to me.”

    I cannot agree more and look forward to reading this book sometime in the near future.

  3. lilly Says:

    I’m with you on this one: I love anything about Japan, Japan history and the Japanese people. It;s always so intriguing and full of widl and exotic things for me.
    The book seems like something I would definitely read.

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  6. Anna Says:

    Glad to see you enjoyed this one. I’ll be reading it soon. I hope it’s okay that I linked to your review on War Through the Generations.

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