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Jamie Ford graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1988 and worked as an art director and as a creative director in advertising. He is also an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp. His books include Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and vis mere Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: Jamie Ford, am Jamie Ford

Værker af Jamie Ford

Hotellet på hjørnet af bitter og sød (2009) 6,930 eksemplarer, 467 anmeldelser
Songs of Willow Frost (2013) 1,071 eksemplarer, 118 anmeldelser
Love and Other Consolation Prizes (2017) 629 eksemplarer, 46 anmeldelser
The Many Daughters of Afong Moy (2022) 496 eksemplarer, 27 anmeldelser
Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices (2011) — Bidragyder — 125 eksemplarer, 19 anmeldelser
Middle, Lost and Found (2013) 3 eksemplarer

Associated Works

The End Is Nigh (2014) — Bidragyder — 284 eksemplarer, 12 anmeldelser
The End Is Now (2014) — Bidragyder — 155 eksemplarer, 7 anmeldelser
The End Has Come (2015) — Bidragyder — 134 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
Stories from Suffragette City (2020) — Bidragyder — 88 eksemplarer, 7 anmeldelser
Anonymous Sex (2022) — Bidragyder — 69 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
Last Night, a Superhero Saved My Life (2016) — Bidragyder — 62 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 (2020) — Bidragyder — 61 eksemplarer, 7 anmeldelser
Montana Noir (2017) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer, 15 anmeldelser
Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology (2012) — Bidragyder — 36 eksemplarer

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I liked that this book was written, in part, from the point of view of teenagers. When assigning books, especially historical books, to teens, it is helpful to have narrators that they can try to relate to. Unrequited love, or love interrupted, is a universal theme. In Ford's case, this universal theme is set against the very specific backdrop of World War II and the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans. In addition to being fiction and involving teenagers, I also thought the book did a good job showcasing the prejudice and difference that existed between Asian Americans and Asian immigrants to highlight the fact that those groups are not monolithic and had different experiences during and after the war.… (mere)
swinsonl | 466 andre anmeldelser | Jul 14, 2024 |
The Chinese-American author Jamie Ford has a mission to the tell the story of the Chinese people in America, and as readers of the bestselling “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” know, he does that very well. Those who loved the earlier novel will not be disappointed with “Songs of Willow Frost” (2014).

Twelve-year-old William has spent the last five years of his life in a Catholic orphanage in Seattle. It is 1934, the heart of the Depression, and like so many of the children in the orphanage, he is not actually an orphan. As a Chinese boy, he knows his chances of being adopted are practically nil, but what he really wants is to find his mother, his ah-ma.

Liu Song, who uses the stage name Willow Frost, is a beauty with a fine singing voice who has had small parts in movies in which she always cries and always dies. William has recognized her in one film he is allowed to watch, and when he learns she is coming to Seattle to appear in a show, he escapes the orphanage along with Charlotte, a blind girl, to try to find her. He wants to learn why she left him in that orphanage.

From then on the novel becomes mostly flashback, telling Willow's sad story. William's father is Willow's stepfather, who raped her after the death of her mother. She manages to escape before he can learn she has had a son, but Seattle's Chinatown is only so big. She can keep her secret only for so long.

Her story added to William's story may leave readers crying right along with Willow, but Ford gives us an ending that brings out the sunshine.
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hardlyhardy | 117 andre anmeldelser | Jun 17, 2024 |
This is a very touching love story about "star-crossed" sweethearts who meet in a time of war. Specifically, two sixth-graders form a bond over a love of jazz music as well as their "otherness". They are the only Asians in an all-white prep school. They are "scholarshipping" and must work in the cafeteria together. So what makes this an ill-fated love? Keiko is Japanese- American and Henry is Chinese-American. Henry is forbidden by his father to associate with his Japanese neighbors. In addition, this takes place during World War II, directly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Along with the beautiful love story, I enjoyed the influence of art and music in the story. The writing also evokes a strong sense of place- Seattle in the 1940s. I did find some of the events a little far-fetched, but I don't to include any spoilers in my review. 4 out of 5 stars.
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Chrissylou62 | 466 andre anmeldelser | Apr 11, 2024 |



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