If your common reading committee is looking for a work of fiction that combines history with narrative and highlights issues still relevant today such as racism and injustice, consider Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
The novel has been adopted as common reading at Gustavus Adlophis University (St. Peter, MN) as well as Schenectady One County, One Book (Schenectady, NY) and Coeur d’Alene Library “Our Region Reads” (Coeur d’Alene, ID). Winner of the Literature Award – Fiction for the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), it tells the story of a young Chinese boy and Japanese girl growing up in Seattle’s Japantown during World War II.
…A timely debut that not only reminds readers of a shameful episode in American history, but cautions us to examine the present and take heed we don’t repeat those injustices. – Kirkus Reviews
Ford expertly nails the sweet innocence of first love, the cruelty of racism, the blindness of patriotism, the astonishing unknowns between parents and their children, and the sadness and satisfaction at the end of a life well lived. The result is a vivid picture of a confusing and critical time in American history. Recommended for all fiction collections.” – Library Journal
To learn more about author Jamie Ford and his debut novel visit his website.