Monday, December 16, 2013

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

Book summary(via Goodreads):

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 his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigates 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 book will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home.

This insomniac's opionion:

I'm having a love affair.

 SHHHH!Don't tell my husband!

My love affair is with *swoon* the work of Jamie Ford.

I rather adored Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. But, this novel. This novel- oh my goodness. It's a masterpiece, bookish buddies!

This is one of those novels which is full(oh so full) of heartbreak. And, yet it is written in such a romantic and endearing way that your soul rises up to meet the pages and you are forever changed. Read it, friends. And, don't forget the Kleenex.

I do think it is worth saying that this novel is not going to be for everyone, and I foresee some truly disliking this novel.

Worth staying up all night to read?

Oh my goodness, yes!


5 stars

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