Emily A.

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345505347
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Ballantine Books - October 6th, 2009

The burgeoning jazz scene in Seattle's International District in the 1940s comes to life through the eyes of Henry Lee, a Chinese-American boy caught in the turmoil of increasing anti-Japanese sentiment at school, at home, and in the neighborhood. Bullied by his all-white schoolmates and shunned as a traitor by his Chinese peers, Henry finds friendship in unlikely paces and confronts the identity that his parents want for him. Forty-odd years later, Henry's wife has recently died, and he longs to bridge the communication gap with his college-age son. His story is pieced together beautifully through his perspectives as a son in the 1940s and a father in the 1980s.