Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book read really quickly. If I wouldn't have been interrupted by "life" I would have read it straight through. The love story was sweet--I cried at the end--and the depiction of the Chinese and Japanese families in that era was enlightening to me. The characters felt very real and the relationships between family members believable. I'm a musician, so I appreciated Henry's love of jazz and carrying the symbol of the 78 record through the story was very significant to me. I was worried this book would be depressing and I guess it could be to some people, but the love story kept it above the line. It was a wonderful book.
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