Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

A Novel

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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut that explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle era during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love.”—Lisa See

“A tender and satisfying novel.”—Garth Stein, bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

In 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s 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 hotel’s basement for the Okabe family’s 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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2009
January 27
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
10.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Read 24/7 ,

On the corner of bitter and sweet

Good book about what happened here in the us during wwii and you never hear about....

Lkn28 ,

Great

A wonderful story!

Ronald Vasquez ,

A must read!!

Possibly one of the best historical fiction books I have read! A great dual narrative highlighting the social issues post during Wold War II and the 2nd Sino-Japanese War, while also introducing the developing relationship of a forbidden friendship/love

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