By Jamie Ford
Within the starting pages of Jamie Ford’s gorgeous debut novel, Hotel at the nook of sour and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd accrued open air the Panama lodge, as soon as the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. it's been boarded up for many years, yet now the hot proprietor has made a huge discovery: the assets of eastern households, left once they have been rounded up and despatched to internment camps in the course of international struggle II. As Henry appears to be like on, the landlord opens a jap parasol.
This basic act takes previous Henry Lee again to the Forties, on the top of the conflict, whilst younger Henry’s international is a jumble of misunderstanding and pleasure, and to his father, who's keen about the battle in China and having Henry develop up American. whereas “scholarshipping” on the specific Rainier user-friendly, the place the white teenagers forget about him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a tender jap American scholar. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and blameless love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices in their previous international ancestors. And after Keiko and her relatives are swept up within the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left in simple terms with the wish that the battle will finish, and that their promise to one another can be kept.
Forty years later, Henry Lee is bound that the parasol belonged to Keiko. within the hotel’s darkish dusty basement he starts searching for symptoms of the Okabe family’s property and for a long-lost item whose price he can't start to degree. Now a widower, Henry continues to be looking for his voice–words that would clarify the activities of his nationalistic father; phrases that would bridge the space among him and his glossy, chinese language American son; phrases that will support him confront the alternatives he made a long time in the past.
Set in the course of essentially the most conflicted and risky instances in American historical past, Hotel at the nook of sour and Sweet is a unprecedented tale of dedication and enduring desire. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose tale teaches us of the ability of forgiveness and the human heart.
"Sentimental, heartfelt….the exploration of Henry’s altering courting together with his relations and with Keiko will preserve so much readers turning pages...A well timed debut that not just reminds readers of a shameful episode in American historical past, yet cautions us to ascertain the current and take heed we don’t repeat these injustices."-- Kirkus Reviews
“A smooth and pleasant novel set in a time and a spot misplaced perpetually, Hotel at the nook of sour and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the wear and tear that's as a result of war--not the sweeping harm of the battlefield, however the chilly, merciless harm to the hearts and humanity of person humans. in particular appropriate in modern global, this can be a superbly written ebook that might make you're thinking that. And, extra importantly, it'll make you feel."
-- Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling writer of The artwork of Racing within the Rain
“Jamie Ford's first novel explores the age-old conflicts among father and son, the sweetness and disappointment of what occurred to eastern american citizens in the Seattle zone in the course of international warfare II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. a magnificent, sour, and candy debut.”
-- Lisa See, bestselling writer of Snow Flower and the key Fan