Saturday, December 12, 2009

Best Books of 2009: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

It's that time of year again, and your friendly neighborhood librarians are eager to tell you about the best books of 2009. Here is Naomi with a review of her favorite book of the year.

One of the books I enjoyed this year was Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. We read it for the book club.

The story takes place in Seattle, Washington in the present time, but tells the story of a young Chinese boy and a young Japanese girl at the beginning of WW II. The two young teenagers meet at a private school. They are the only 2 non white students at the school and they form a bond while dealing with a lot of prejudice. It tells the girl’s story of being sent to a Japanese internment camp and the boy's attempts to stay in touch with her. Her family accepts their friendship but the boy’s father has an intense hatred of anybody and anything that is Japanese.

The story goes back and forth between the present and the WW II era but by the end of the story issues are cleared up. The book deals with father son relations and race relations.

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