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Sneak preview, just for you

The new book is in copy edits. Cover designs are coming. And in the meantime I thought I'd share a glimpse of rough copy from the inside flap of the book, courtesy of the fine folks at Random House:

From Jamie Ford, the New York Times bestselling author of the beloved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, comes a much-anticipated second novel. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness.
    Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song.
    Determined to find Willow, and prove his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigates the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive, but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star. The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen.
    Shifting between the Great Depression and the 1920s, Songs of Willow Frost takes readers on an emotional journey of discovery. Jamie Ford’s sweeping book will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home.

Holy cannoli it's been a long wait. Is it September 10th yet?

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Reader Comments (5)

Congratulations, Jamie! Sounds like a wonderful novel. I'm already hooked. Can't wait to pick up a copy!
February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMridu Khullar Relph
Can't wait. So excited for you.
February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna Moran
The 2ndtues Book Group is anxiously awaiting for September AND your scheduled visit to Spokane for the book reading and signing! We will be front and center - I'll bring the homemade rice crackers and the new Kindle needs to be signed!
February 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Takami
Loved Hotel so much and looking forward to Willow Frost. Will be a birthday present for me in September. Hope all goes as planned and you are happy with results. Then, you can write a sequel to Bitter and Sweet :)
March 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelody M
So looking forward to this! It will be in time to go on my second honeymoon with me ;0
March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecky deVries-Wong

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