Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford
Ford is 50% Chinese; his father is 100% Chinese. Ford states that he "never really felt white or Chinese." This shaped his novel to show the protagonist felt the same way. The "I am Chinese" button came into the story because Ford's father wore the same button.
While the novel is a bit slow on the uptake, once it begins to move, it is hard to put down. The relationships that are built and destroyed throughout the novel are intriguing, especially since the setting is historical in relation to the Japanese camps in the United States.
In the end, the protagonist is able to "fix it." Henry fixes the music, his relationship with his own son, and his broken heart with Kieko.
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