Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Hardcover)

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This book is great whether you're interested in history or not. It switches between Henry Lee's past experiences with losing a loved one to the Japanese internment camps in the 40's and his adult life as he still struggles to move on. The 'Bitter and Sweet' in the title perfectly describes the mix of sadness and beauty in this story.

— Sophia

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



Product Details
ISBN: 9780749009199
ISBN-10: 0749009195
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Publication Date: April 28th, 2011
Pages: 400
Language: English