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June 2014 Book of the Month.
A bittersweet tale that fluctuates back and forth between 1921 and 1934. It follows an orphan Chinese boy, William, in Seattle who sees a beautiful Chinese woman, Willow Frost, in a film and is convinced she is his mother. We then backtrack and get Willow, aka Liu Song’s tragic early life before jumping forward to discover William’s escape from the orphanage with a young blind girl and their pursuit of Willow. The whole thing is utterly charming with a fascinating backdrop of the Chinese attempting to blend into American life and wonderful historical detail of the Depression. A very fine book indeed and an excellent follow up to Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
How could a mother forget? How could a mother leave her child behind? William Eng, a Chinese-American boy, has lived at Seattle's Sacred Heart Orphanage for five long years. Ever since his mother's listless body was carried from their Chinatown apartment, William has been wondering what happened to her. So when, during a trip to the movie theatre, William glimpses an actress on the silver screen, he is immediately struck by her features. Because Willow Frost is many things - a singer, a dancer, a movie star - but most of all, William is convinced, she is his mother. Determined to find her, William attempts to confront the mysteries of his past and his connection to the exotic film star. But the story of Willow Frost is far more complicated than any Hollywood fantasy ...
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
'Mesmerising and evocative'
Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants
'Entertaining and often illuminating'
'Poignant, deeply moving'
We Love This Book
'Recommended for all fiction collections'
Publication date: 19/06/2014
Publisher: Allison & Busby
|Publication date:||19th June 2014|
|Publisher:||Allison & Busby|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated in 1865 from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco, where he adopted the Western name, “Ford.” Ford studied as an illustrator and found professional success as an art director and copywriter before turning his attention to fiction. An award-winning short story writer, his debut novel was inspired by the “I Am Chinese” button his father mentioned wearing as a child after the bombing of Pearl Harbour. Ford wrote a short story about the button, which later became a chapter in the book. Now a New ...More About Jamie Ford