The July selection is “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” by Jamie Ford. The New York Times says, “On the eve of America’s World War II internment of its Japanese residents, 12-year-old Henry Lee meets his first true love…. the only other Asian at Henry’s otherwise all-white Seattle elementary school. She’s also Japanese, which lies at the heart of Henry’s subsequent struggles—with his Chinese nationalist father; his racist, bullying classmates; and, finally, his brutally suspicious country. The tale jumps between 1986, just after the death of Henry’s wife, and the 1940s, setting up its driving mystery: What happened to Henry’s [first love]?”.
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