THE IN-HOUSE BUZZ IS BUILDING. . .
HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET - A NOVEL
"To say I enjoyed this novel seems an understatement. . . .
You come to inhabit Henry and Keiko's worlds. . . . It transports you to another time and place. . . . This is a charming and touching story."
—ALLYSON PEARL, Director, Imprint Sales
"The story of Henry in that place and time is one you won't soon
forget (and we should not forget)."
—LIBBY MCGUIRE, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Ballantine Books
"I loved this book so much! I think we have another Snowflower-type
book on our hands."
—LISA MCCORMACK, Sales Director
"I can't remember the last time I lost an entire weekend
like this. I immediately wanted to book a trip to Seattle and explore parts of the city that are lost to history."
—BRIAN MCLENDON, Director of Publicity, Ballantine Books
"Combining the bitterness of lost love, war, and prejudice with the sweetness of
jazz and redemption, Jamie Ford has created a moving story that will
make you believe that all things are possible through love."
—JENNIFER TOLAN, Sales Associate
"Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is one of the best novels I've read
all year! And lucky me I'm off to Seattle to do a video shoot with the author--I can't
wait to see the Panama Hotel and all the places Jamie writes so beautifully about."
—KIMBERLY HOVEY, VP, Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing, Ballantine Books
"I absolutely loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. . . . Henry and Keiko's unique
friendship is heartbreaking and moving—you will be glad to have
somehow been a small part of it and will run to pass this
wonderful book on to a friend."
—SASHA SADIKOT, National Account Manager
"Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet has it all—rich historical
details, unforgettable characters, forbidden love, father-son conflicts, race, family, betrayal
and forgiveness. A touching debut that you won't soon forget."
—CHRISTINE CABELLO, Deputy Director of Marketing, RHPG
"As soon as you finish this beautifully written book, you will want to
get yourself on the next flight to Seattle and explore the
basement of the old Panama Hotel, listen to some jazz, and
re-read Henry and Keiko's sweet love story."
—STEPHANIE SABOL, National Account Manager
"The title charmed me, and then the story swept me away. I've told everyone
I can about this book, and still can't seem to say enough.
You won't be able to hold on to your copy, you'll be passing it along so quickly."
—KATIE O'CALLAGHAN, Assistant Marketing Manager, Ballantine Books
"Every once in a while, you read a novel and you fall in love.
And I have to confess I fell hard for Jamie Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
Henry's journeys to find Keiko are so moving as are his attempts to find ways to
communicate with both his father and his son. The novel will keep you turning the
pages wanting to learn what happens to these two wonderful characters; it will make
you smile, and weep, and remember the power of your own first love."
—JANE VON MEHREN, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Trade Paperbacks & Modern Library
"All the ingredients for an engrossing read!"
—JESSICA LYON, National Account Manager
"Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is one of those books that is just made for book
discussion groups. I found myself pushing my copy on other
people just so that I could have someone to talk to about
it with. A moving and beautiful story of lost innocence and second chances."
—JENNIFER CHILDS, Director, Library Marketing
"Heartbreaking, heartmending . . . Ford's debut novel embraces a
lyrical narrative that evokes a sense of longing to fix what has been broken in our lives."
—HEATHER HARMON, Sales Assistant
"A modernized Romeo and Juliet . . . a new twist on the weighty question of how long would
you wait. Treat yourself as fall moves in—grab a blanket and this book and
clear your afternoon. You won't be disappointed."
—KIM MONAHAN, National Account Manager