First Novel a Hit with Booksellers

A first novel, The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, is getting a wide range of bookseller endorsements. It is the current B&N “Pick of the Week” and “Pennie’s Pick” in the February issue of Costco Connection (p41). It’s also been chosen by independent booksellers as an IndieNext pick for February, as well as being featured on the Amazon Books home page.

Pennie Ianniciello, Costco Book Buyer writes, 

This is an unforgettable debut novel that transports readers effortlessly to 1940s Seattle, where the city’s jazz scene is blossoming and the once compatible Japanese and Chinese communities are now at odds. Examining the complex and timeless struggles of friendships, a father-son relationship and true love, this is a complete novel that will not disappoint.

Costco Connection also includes a profile of the 40-year-old author, Jamie Ford. His mom was “Betty Crocker white” and his father Chinese-American (Ford’s great-grandfather changed his name from Min Chung to Ford). He lives in Montana. 

Ford effectively describes the book in this video:

In a second video, Ford gives a tour of the Seattle sites that are featured in the book:

As part of his book tour, Ford will appear at the City of Torrance (CA) P.L. on March 7th.


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Ford, Jamie

  • Hardcover: $24; 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 27, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0345505336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345505330
  • Unabridged Audio: Books on Tape (January 27, 2009)
  • Read by: Feodor Chin
  • 9 CDs: 978-1415962091; 1-41596209X; $80

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