Summer Reading Book # 5

Jamie Ford: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

It appears I have an affinity for reading books that require a box of tissues at hand. I think my next couple choices might need to be of the lighter beach fluff that I link to reading in the summer. After this series of emotional roller coaster novels, I’m ready for a good beach read.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet tells the story of Henry Lee. The novel flips between the 1980’s and the 1940’s. In the present day, Henry is struggling with the death of his wife and a strained relationship with his son. A discovery of stashed possessions. including an eye-catching parasol,  from Japanese families forced to move to concentration camps triggers a wave of memories that Henry has managed to keep buried for all these years. The excursions into Henry’s past bring to light a forbidden friendship, a disinherited parent, and a life lived in two different worlds. Jamie Ford does an amazing job capturing the emotions of every situation and transcribing them into words.

If this book isn’t already on your list of books to read, please add it.

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