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Early praise for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

"Jamie Ford has written a tender and satisfying novel that is tucked into a part of Seattle history we would rather not face.  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.  But, more importantly, it will make you feel."

– Garth Stein, NY Times bestselling author of THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

“Jamie Ford's first novel explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love.  An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut.”

– Lisa See, bestselling author of SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN

“Jamie Ford's novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is deeply informed by an intimate knowledge of Seattle during World War Two, of the tribulations of Asian peoples during the time of Japanese internment, and even of the Seattle jazz scene during that time. His story of an innocent passion across racial barriers -- and then, of the whole life of a man who forsook the girl he loved -- is told with an artistic technique that makes emotion inevitable."

– Louis B. Jones, author of New York Times Notable Books Ordinary Money, Particles & Luck, and California's Over

“I loved it! Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a beautiful and tender masterpiece.  A book everyone will be talking about, and the best book you’ll read this year.”

– Anne Frasier, USA Today Bestselling Author of Hush, Sleep Tight, Play Dead, Before I Wake, Pale Immortal and Garden of Darkness

"Jamie Ford's novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, tells a heartwarming story of fathers and sons, first loves, fate, and the resilient human heart. Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of WWII Seattle and Japanese-American internment camps of the era, the times and places are brought to life by the marvelous, evocative details."

– Jim Tomlinson, winner of the 2006 Iowa Short Fiction Award and author of Things Kept, Things left Behind

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