Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
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The word-of-mouth sensation that has captivated readers across the globe.
Over a million copies sold worldwide.
Over 2 years on the New York Times Bestseller.
Translated into 30 languages.
#1 on UK Small Publishers Bestsellers List
1986, The Panama Hotel.
The old Seattle landmark has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made a startling discovery in the basement: personal belongings stored away by Japanese families sent to interment camps during World War II. Among the fascinated crowd gathering outside the hotel stands Henry Lee, and, as the owner unfurls a distinctive parasol, he is flooded by memories of his childhood. He wonders if by some miracle, in amongst the boxes of dusty treasures, lies a link to the Okabe family, and the girl he lost his heart to so many years ago.
What The Critics Said
'Wonderfully written, beautifully evocative'
' Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet', by Jamie Ford is a novel to recommend, one of those rare stories which would appeal to so many.'
Sarah Clarke, The Bookseller (Bookseller's Choice)
'Already a big hit..and it’s easy to see why...The story is simple and simply told...a good read which unfolds slowly and builds up to a very moving climax on several levels... and the incidental colour and detail of life in wartime Seattle is fascinating. I thought it was a really interesting book about a period that's not very often written about, and I enjoyed it very much.'
Adèle Geras, author of A Hidden Life
'A warm and sentimental novel, this is a lovely piece of light fiction about a dark time and harsh events.'
Good Book Guide
'This is a moving, heart-rending story - to steal from the book’s title, bittersweet really does describe this tale... It’s a special book, filled with struggles, separation and sadness, but equally with friendship, love and hope. I knew nothing about the events in these communities; I found it fascinating.'
'Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is very special...It is a superb love story, an emotional weepy with lots of heart, a lovely, lovely book.'
Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller
'The book has been a big ‘word of mouth’ seller, and it is easy to see why. The reader becomes very embroiled in Henry’s life and experiences and really feels for him as he struggles to come to terms with his family situation, school life and his first love. This is a thoroughly enjoyable novel with strong characters and something important to say. Very much recommended.'
Historical Novels Review
'The ripple effect of wartime failures also lies at the heart of Jamie Ford’s The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. The experience of Japanese-American citizens caught stateside in the wake of Pearl Harbor has become a dusty footnote to the conflict.However, Ford deftly pulls off a Hollywood-worthy romance from the files, one anchored to a true event...Ford has a keen eye for the difficulties of youth and the struggles inherent in a cultural hot-pot. Friendship, this book illustrates, is an early victim of such times. This is an entertaining and often illuminating tale that no doubt will be appearing at a cinema near you soon.'
'A poignant, deeply moving story of hope and determination, friendship and love.'
'Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a must-read...
Enchanting...thought-provoking... fascinating... a mesmerising love story with unforgettable characters.
The issues of racism, paranoia, bullying, friendship, loyalty, father and son relationships, a search for identity and belonging, patriotism, and the sweet innocence of first love, are all woven seamlessly into the fabric of the story, as are fascinating details about Chinese and Japanese traditions and customs.
The subtitle on the cover of the book states: THE BOOK A MILLION PEOPLE HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH and I must add my name to that long list. Jamie FOrd is a sensational writer [and] Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a book that I will certainly be recommending to everyone...
Dazzling and wonderfully satisfying.'
‘Mesmerising and evocative.’
Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of 'Water for Elephants'
'A beautiful and tender masterpiece. A book everyone will be talking about and the best book you’ll read this year. I loved it!'
Anne Frasier, bestselling author of 'Hush'
Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of 'Snow Flower'
‘Tender and satisfying...beautifully written. It will make you think. But, more importantly, it will make you feel.’
Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of 'The Art of Racing in the Rain'
‘Ford expertly nails the sweet innocence of first love, the cruelty of racism, the blindness of patriotism, the astonishing unknowns between parents and their children, and the sadness and satisfaction at the end of a life well lived. The result is a vivid picture of a confusing and critical time in American history. Recommended.’
'Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet surprised me - rich in dialogue, peopled with great characters and rooted firmly in the best of American traditions, family, honesty and friendship - the book is a feast. It's taken a while to get to the UK but the good folks at Allison & Busby definitely have a winner on their hands...
It's a wonderful, thoughtful novel without pretensions. The strength of the characters and the gripping storyline marry seamlessly, as does the writer's ability to showcase Seattle in the "then" and "now".
I never knew about the Japanese internment camps in the States and it shocked me deeply. But it is the understated fashion Mr. Ford tells Keiko and Henry's story, that gives it the impact and the pathos. Yes, it is deeply sad at times but it also is uplifting and gently humourous in places. It proves that human spirit can keep growing in the most awful of circumstances and I loved it.'
‘Every once in a while a book comes along that truly touches your heart – Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet is one such book... With a wonderful characterisation, mesmerising relationships, a breathtaking narrative and a story that will most certainly leave you wanting more, Hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet is one of my highlights of the year. I cannot rate this title any higher – a remarkable read and a voyage not to be missed. Spellbinding.’
'I can see readily why people are raving about this book... The characterisation is second-to-none, the story is intriguing, to say the least, and throws up some issues I wasn't even aware of... There have been countless books telling stories about people unable to live out their romances because of prejudices and politics, and in terms of subject matter, this is no different. But it is such a well-told story that it sets itself apart. It's AWESOMELY GOOD!'
'Engrossing...A really good, genuinely heartfelt novel...I think I have fallen a little in love with it...I would be the million and one-th [reader] to enjoy Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet'