Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (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


Simplified Chinese edition of Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet. The story begins with the discovery of documents of interned WWII Japanese immig rants in the basement of a Seattle hotel. Henry Lee, a second generation Chinese American, falls in love and marries a Japanese American girl during the war; thus begins a lifelong conflict between father, who is dead against the marriage, and son.

Product Details
ISBN: 9787544249737
Publisher: Nan Hai Chu Ban Gong Si
Publication Date: December 1st, 2010
Pages: 305