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Songs of Willow Frost

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ISBN13: 9780345522023
ISBN10: 0345522028
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From Jamie Ford, the New York Times bestselling author of the beloved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, comes a much-anticipated second novel. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls — a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past — both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness.

Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday — or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday — William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song.

Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigate the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star. The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen.

Shifting between the Great Depression and the 1920s, Songs of Willow Frost takes readers on an emotional journey of discovery. Jamie Ford’s sweeping novel will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home.

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"[A] poignant tale of lost and found love." Tampa Bay Times

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"Arresting...[with] the kind of ending readers always hope for, but seldom get." The Dallas Morning News

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"[An] achingly tender story...a tale of nuance and emotion." The Providence Journal

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"Ford weaves another rich tapestry of history and family drama in this cliff-hanging tale....Hope and fate, laughs and tears: Songs of Willow Frost has it all." Ivan Doig, author of The Bartender's Tale

About the Author

The son of a Chinese American father, Jamie Ford is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which won the Asian-Pacific American Award for Literature. Having grown up in Seattle, he now lives in Montana with his wife and children.

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Joanne Haley, November 6, 2013 (view all comments by Joanne Haley)
I absolutely LOVED this 2nd book by Jamie Ford. His way with words is that of a true artist. I would find myself re-reading many sentences in the book just because they were so beautifully written. His fist book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet captivated me as does The Songs of Willow Frost. His characters are so real and jump off the pages & feel like they are right here with me as I read. He said something at his reading at Powell's Books - "In Songs of Willow Frost I will break your heart but in the course of the novel I will mend it and hopefully put it back together in better shape". That has stuck with me while reading this book & I think it is something I will always remember. Can't wait for his 3rd novel.
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The Lost Entwife, October 20, 2013 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
On one hand, Songs of Willow Frost is the story of a young boy, abandoned by his mother, in a time when most people were struggling to recover from the worst financial crisis yet. Set in Seattle, this story paints a bleak picture, but one that is not without hope - because William Eng has memories of his mother - he just doesn't know why she left him and didn't come back. On the other hand, this is a story of social injustice. Throughout the book there are reminders of just what it was like to be a Chinese immigrant or Chinese-American, born on American soil. It's in the latter of these two stories that the true strengths of Songs of Willow Frost lie.

I've read quite a few orphan stories - from little Orphan Annie to bleak tales of children abandoned in countries around the world. I've read plenty of depression-era stories too, so there was no surprises for me on that score. Where Songs of Willow Frost really grabbed me was in the injustices surrounding William Eng - both those that worked in his favor and those that did not. Repeatedly, Jamie Ford reminds us that no one would want to adopt a Chinese-American boy and how the cultures clash so much.

William Eng's mother, you see, he believes is Willow Frost. Her situation was sad, but realistic especially in those times. And caught between a Chinese culture that shuns her and an American culture that does the same, but for different reasons, William's mother is left with little choice on what to do.

Jamie Ford's story is part-mystery, part-historical, and all heart-tugger. I felt so much sympathy for William and was rooting for him throughout the progress of the story. I was fascinated by the way Ford incorporated historical facts that don't get a lot of press these days in history classes, and I didn't want the story to come to an end when it did - because I wanted to be a part of William's life and see him grow.

Songs of Willow Frost is definitely a book that Ford's fans will enjoy and one that any lover of depression-era fiction should jump to read. It's an interesting twist in the collection of literature about that time and presents itself well for good conversation about it.
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Brenda J Stratton, October 2, 2013 (view all comments by Brenda J Stratton)
Jamie Ford, author of 'The hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet' has graced us with another beautifully written story rich in experience; that draws you into the story of Willow and William, Seattle and environs of the 1920/30's. A hauntingly and tenderly written story of life, birth, death, love, hurt, abandonment, forgiveness and redemption. I was not disappointed in the wait for this new novel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345522023
Author:
Ford, Jamie
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20130910
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.51 x 6.5 x 1.27 in 1.28 lb

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Product details 352 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345522023 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] poignant tale of lost and found love."
"Review" by , "Arresting...[with] the kind of ending readers always hope for, but seldom get."
"Review" by , "[An] achingly tender story...a tale of nuance and emotion."
"Review" by , "Ford weaves another rich tapestry of history and family drama in this cliff-hanging tale....Hope and fate, laughs and tears: Songs of Willow Frost has it all."
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