Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  1. Book Title:Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  2. Author Name:Jamie Ford
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Widower 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...As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol. This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s...While "scholarshipping" at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship-and innocent love-that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko... In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart. 209 pages, published in 2009

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