(1/12) January Book Club: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


When: Thursday, January 12th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where:  Flatiron Building, 14th Floor (175 Fifth Avenue @ 23rd St)
Cost/RSVP:  $2-3 for pizza and snacks (drinks are separate)
RSVP/Questions:  Email  jetaanybookclub@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event

Hope to get some reading done over the holidays? Join us for the next JETAANY Book club for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford!

Plot Synopsis:

In 1986, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese American girl from his childhood in the 1940s, Keiko Okabe, with whom he forged a bond of friendship and innocent love that transcended the prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept. Now, forty years later, Henry explores the hotel’s basement for the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot even begin to measure. His search will take him on a journey to revisit the sacrifices he has made for family, for love, for country.

Book Review:

“A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war–not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today’s world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you feel.”
—Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain