Monday, March 28, 2011

Hotel on The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Time for this month's book club book review!

This month we read "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford



I liked it.  A while ago our book club read, "Tallgrass" by Sandra Dallas.  It was about Japanese internment camps during World War II.  I knew NOTHING about Japanese internment camps before reading Tallgrass.    I highly recommend Tallgrass . . . but this review isn't about that book.  

"Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" was a different look at the internment camps.  In Tallgrass, they talk about the town where the Japanese were evacuated to and their take on the camps.  In this book, the focus is on the town where the Japanese are evacuated from and how it effects those around them.  It is a love story.  It is a story about relationships and families.  It is a little bit of history mixed with a lot of great characters and a few you will hate by the end of the book, even though you will understand why they did what they did - you will hate them for doing it.  The story kept me interested and I was anxious to get to the end and find out how it all played out.

Here's a look at the author and some of the places and things that inspired the story:


Next month we are reading, "The Unnamed" by by Joshua Ferris...so, stay tuned!