Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Large Print / Paperback)

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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


Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope.

The opening of a Japanese parasol takes old Henry Lee on a reminiscent journey back to the 1940s at the height of the war when young Henry"s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement and to his father who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781594134968
ISBN-10: 1594134960
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication Date: April 12th, 2011
Pages: 505
Language: English