I love reading books about places I have been, and areas that I know. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford covers all of that. It takes place in Seattle and tells the story of a man revisiting his past and his escape from the internment camps. It tells of first loves lost and found, family secrets, and healing a family.
It was an amazing book and I learned that the Puyallup Fair Grounds were used as a temporary camp for the Japanese during WWII. I have been there many times and did not know that, it puts a different perspective on the fair. That a place of fun and enjoyment was once used as a prison. I don’t know if I will ever be able to look at the buildings there the same way again.
The Paramount hotel actually exists the items found in the basement are not only a time capsule but a reminder of what is lost, and the lives disrupted. This book is just a glimpse of what was lost in history because of a fear.