Posted January 29, 2018
One Book One Community – The Plymouth Chapter has chosen “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” for its third annual community book read.
This best-selling novel by Jamie Ford is historical fiction, telling of the friendship between Henry Lee, a Chinese-American boy, and Keiko Okabe, a Japanese-American girl, during the internment in World War II.
Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship – and innocent love – that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.
Book discussions will be held:
There also will be an intergenerational book discussion with eighth-graders at Riverview Middle School.
The Community Book Read is sponsored by Plymouth School District Community Education & Recreation and the Plymouth Public Library. The community read Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” during the inaugural read in 2015 and “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown the following year.
Plymouth Public Library has copies of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” available to lend to people participating in book read events. Copies also are available for purchase from Book Heads, with a 10 percent discount.