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This second book from Jamie Ford, who also wrote "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet", is set in Seattle, as his first book is. It is a beautiful, yet sad story that takes place beginning in the early 1920's. I love historical fiction. It never ceases to amaze me that in a nation (America) where we have prided ourselves on freedom, that there was really little "freedom" for some folks . . . even those born on American soil. Less than a century ago, our government turned it's back and turned a blind eye to the welfare of children just because they happened to be (in this case) Chinese. And the abuse of the Chinese men of their own wives and children and their expectation that a woman should accept this abuse without complaint, just turns my stomach. Yet, rarely we saw a man, a husband and father of true character . . . one that inspires his family, long after his death. And a woman, who is allowed to dream and grow, while remaining Chinese. What women of that era were forced to do for love, well, it just blows my mind . . . and women from a foreign culture were bound by an iron clad tradition . . . their marriages were arranged by their parents. More than anything, this is a human story of a very young Chinese girl, who lost both parents, endured horrible abuse by her step-father, and then bore the shame that he caused. Still she fought for her child, gave up every shred of humility, and ultimately did what she had to do in order to protect him from the horror that she had to endure as a child.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Songs of Willow Frost to be better than the print version?
I'm blind. What do I know about the print version?
What was one of the most memorable moments of Songs of Willow Frost?
When William buried the paper and photo.
Have you listened to any of Ryan Gesell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Beautiful and sensitive.
Any additional comments?
Jamie Ford is one of the finest authors I've run across in a long time. I thought "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" was a masterpiece, but this is even better.
By the way, I think your questions are dumb.
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