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Author Quotes: “Like so many things Henry had wanted in life -- like his father, his marriage, his life -- it had arrived a little damaged. Imperfect. But he didn't care, this was all he'd wanted. Something to hope for, and he'd found it. It didn't matter what condition it was in.”
― Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
is reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford for September 20.
The story begins with old Henry Lee standing in 1986 in front of the Panama Hotel reminiscing about a visit to the hotel when he was a 12 year-old boy. The hotel was located between Seattle's Chinatown and Japantown. For over 40 years the hotel had been boarded up and abandoned. The new hotel owner discovers in the basement the belongings of thirty-seven Japanese families who had once lived in the hotel during the internment. Henry wondered if he might find his own broken heart among the precious possessions.
Grace Holden (Oscar's daughter)
Sabro Ozasa -- architect
Floyd Standifer -- jazz trumpet
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