Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

October 6, 2017

 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford  

 

As WWII rages in Europe, Henry, a first generation Chinese- American boy, and Keiko, a first generation Japanese-American girl, become close friends. They are both the Asian kid at school, and at first it seems that they are very much alike. As Japan becomes embroiled in the war, however, there is suddenly a very big difference between them, and Keiko's family is relocated to an internment camp away from their coastal Seattle home. They keep in touch at first, Henry even visiting Keiko in the interment camp, but as they grow up, they drift apart. Years later, Henry finds a trunk of belongings in the basement of the hotel he has inherited, and believes the items to belong to Keiko's family. He embarks on a hunt to find her again, to apologize for allowing a war to cause their friendship to die, and to find some peace for the guilt that has been plaguing him all his years that he could let such a thing as an internment camp happen to his best friend. A touching story of friendship, forgiveness, and love.

 

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