Hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford, is a beautiful, heart-wrenching book. It begins when the belongings of many Japanese-Americans are found stored in the basement of an old hotel in Seattle. This brings up memories for Henry, a Chinese-American, who was 12 years old in 1942 when he became friends with a Japanese-American girl. The book tells the story of Henry and Keiko, alternating between 1942 and 1986. I was completely drawn in to their world and finished the book in just a couple days. The story is, as the title indicates, both bitter and sweet, and effectively conveys the themes of love, beauty, pain, and loss. I highly recommend it.