Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” is a lovely, lovely book and I would like to refuse to believe that it is Jamie Ford’s first. It is set partly in the late 1980s and partly in Seattle during World War II against the backdrop of young love, racism, the desire to blend in, obligations towards parents, and the internment of Japanese-Americans.
As other reviewers have pointed out, this is a very apt title as the book is indeed somewhat bittersweet. Honestly, I really cannot do this book justice. I don’t think this will end up as my #1 book of the year, but it is one that I will definitely keep around and go back to from time to time as a treat or to help myself out of a book funk. If you’re looking for a book that most people will almost definitely like, this one is it.