This past weekend I flew (over two Great Lakes) to see a fellow MichiGirl who now resides with her husband and adorable daughter in Minnesota. The plane ride was the perfect opportunity to dive into a book I received a few months back for my birthday. (Side note: books make great gifts.)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was a great getaway into the lives of Henry and Keiko, childhood companions whose lives are challenged by war and complicated by family and culture. It only takes a few pages and you begin to care for (and cheer on) these adolescents.
This novel offers something to a wide range of readers:
- It’s a love story, interestingly told from Henry’s perspective and written by a man (Jamie Ford).
- The book is also about the father-son relationship. Three generations of struggles, hopes, dreams, and doing what is honorable.
- History is woven throughout the story as it jumps between the early 194os and 1986. You’ll learn about the trials of war from a variety of unique characters/perspectives.
- This book also contains a mystery. It opens with family belongings just discovered in a hotel. How is Henry connected to a Japanese parasol and why have these possessions been hidden for so long? Each chapter quietly uncovers new pieces to their tale of friendship and love.
Happy reading. I hope you’ll find it a thoughtful and thought-provoking journey.
PS – Boarding passes make great bookmarks.