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
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
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.