Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Jamie Ford
Reviewed by Naomi Simpson
Allison & Busby
Thu, 28/04/2011

It is the early 1940s in America. The Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor and America is in turmoil. Henry Lee wears a badge which reads 'I am Chinese' to differentiate himself from the Japanese community. These are racist times and Henry Lee has long known hatred and violence. Then he meets a Japanese girl, Keiko.

Innocent and blissfully ignorant of the dangers that surround their friendship, the couple fall deeply in love, a love that does not know hate, a love that through courage and loyalty sustains them beyond the events that later separate them: the deportation of Japanese citizens to concentration camps. Forty years later, they find each other again in this poignant, deeply moving story of hope and determination, friendship and love.


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