Our Recent Discussion of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

The Central Book Group met on October 13th to discuss Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Here are a few thoughts from readers:

  • The book seemed like a bit of a slow starter for a few readers, although they stuck with it. One person wound up starting with the print book, and then listened to the audiobook instead, and found it was more enjoyable in that format.
  • We liked that the book had so many diverse characters, and agreed that it wouldn’t have been as interesting if Henry had been a white, American boy. It was interesting to read about the different reactions between cultures (Chinese and Japanese, Chinese and American, etc.).
  • One of our readers asked, “Why do you think that no one came back to get their things from the hotel?”—and we had a few theories about that.
  • We also talked a little about how we all enjoyed that the book had lighter elements, like gentle humor, that kept the book from being too serious and heavy.

Overall, we found this to be a worthwhile read which lent itself to some good conversation! We welcome an opportunity to continue our discussion—please feel free to leave a comment!

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