Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
By Jamie Ford
Coming from a family where Japanese American and Chinese American relatives co-existed in a tenuous truce, I found the story of Henry Lee and Keiko Okabe, two young students living in Seattle at the beginning of World War II, very enlightening.
Woven amid the well-researched wartime Seattle landscape, is the story of many levels of prejudice that existed in multicultural Seattle, and the revelations that come by overcoming those same hurdles. The story flows back and forth in time over a span of forty years as the two students forge a bond of friendship that is interrupted when Keiko and her family are sent to the Minidoka concentration camp.
This is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.
Hardbound: 304 pp.