Love to Read? Join the Genesis Book Group on the third Thursday of each month (August – May), to discuss books we have selected. Our next meeting is Thursday, February 16 at 7 pm at Genesis UMC. We will discuss “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. All readers are welcome!
February selection: ” Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet “ by Jamie Ford
In 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese American girl from his childhood in the 1940s—Keiko Okabe, with whom he forged a bond of friendship and innocent love that transcended the prejudices of their Old World ancestors. Forty years later, Henry explores the hotel’s basement for the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot even begin to measure. His search will take him on a journey to revisit the sacrifices he has made for family, for love, for country.
Books are available to borrow in the Gathering Place, located on the lower level of the church.
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