Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
I really enjoyed this book by Jamie Ford. Not only a tender, moving love story, the events unfold in Seattle during an important and historic time, the early years of W.W. II, when many Japanese Americans were moved into internment camps as a government mandated "precautionary measure". Henry is a young Chinese American who forges a friendship with a young Japanese American girl named Keiko much to the dismay of his father who views all Japanese as "the enemy", especially during wartime. Henry's coming of age, his affection and loyalty to his new friend Keiko, the budding musical scene in Seattle (jazz) and the perspective of Henry 40 years later as he looks back at his life and the choices he's made make for an entertaining read.
I actually listened to the audio version of this book to and from work and the frequent drives north to visit Mom and Dad. Highly recommended for reading or listening!