Historical Fiction

Erstwhile Seattleite Jamie Ford made a name for himself with his bestselling 2009 debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, set in the International District during World War II. Book-It Repertory Theatre produced a stage adaptation in 2012 and last month we learned that George Takei is executive producing a film adaptation.

Ford’s new book, Love and Other Consolation Prizes, also takes place in Seattle. Based on a true story, it follows a half Chinese 12-year-old orphan boy—who gets raffled off at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909 and lands in the home of a madam who runs a high-class brothel—all the way through the struggles of his own family leading up to Seattle’s second World’s Fair 50 years later.

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