Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford: Book Review by Ruth Curtiss

Portrait of Ruth Curtiss on her 90th Birthday

Ruth Curtiss

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford held my interest from beginning to ending. It is a story based on what actually happened when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941 and war was declared. Thousands of Japanese lived in this country and since the government didn’t know which were spys and which were loyal Americans it was decided to pick them all up and put them in camps in fenced in areas with guards for the duration of the war. Although Chinese and Japanese families lived in their own communities within large cities there were many young people who fell in love with someone of a different nationality or race and this is at the core of this novel. A story that was hard to put down.

Note: Ruth Curtiss is my mother. At age 93 she continues to read at a phenomenal pace. Check back for more contributions by her.
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