Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

By Jamie Ford
(Nan Hai Chu Ban Gong Si, Paperback, 9787544249737, 305pp.)

Publication Date: December 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Compact Disc, Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List
“In 1986, Henry Lee happens upon the Panama Hotel in Seattle, where discoveries in the basement bring back haunting memories of the 1940s. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet tells of family pride, innocence, young love, jazz clubs, and internment. This novel will delight all ages -- it's good for reading aloud and great for discussions.”
-- Barbara Theroux, Fact & Fiction, Missoula, MT
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2009 Indie Next List
“The Japanese internment of WWII comes alive in this timeless story, set in 1940s Seattle, of the power of the human heart to rise above hatred and bigotry. This is a book to share with others.”
-- Marilyn Scheer, East West Bookshop, Seattle, WA


Description
Simplified Chinese edition of Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet. The story begins with the discovery of documents of interned WWII Japanese immig rants in the basement of a Seattle hotel. Henry Lee, a second generation Chinese American, falls in love and marries a Japanese American girl during the war; thus begins a lifelong conflict between father, who is dead against the marriage, and son.



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  1. Father-son relationships are a crucial theme in the novel. Talk about some of these relationships and how they are shaped by culture and time. For example, how is the relationship between Henry and his father different from that between Henry and Marty? What accounts for the differences?

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