Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford Released to Advance Praise

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Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford’s much-anticipated second novel, Songs of Willow Frost, was released this month to advance praise. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, this historical novel is a powerful tale of a Chinese-American boy with dreams for his future, and a young woman trying to escape her haunted past and the cultural confines of her race. With many “teachable moments” embedded throughout this story of hope, forgiveness, and reaching for your dreams, Songs of Willow Frost is a wonderful book for students, and will appeal to a wide community audience.

Jamie’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was a New York Times Bestseller and has been described as “a war-time era Chinese-Japanese variation on Romeo and Juliet” (Seattle Times). Songs of Willow Frost is a different kind of love story, between a mother and her son.  Lisa Genova calls Songs of Willow Frost, “A tender, powerful and deeply satisfying story about the universal quest for love, forgiveness, belonging and family.”

Jamie ford is the great grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Kaiping, China to San Franscisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name Ford.  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet spent two years on the New York Times Bestseller list, and went on to win the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for literature.

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