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Love and Other Consolation Prizes: A Novel Hardcover – September 12, 2017
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“Exciting . . . [Jamie] Ford captures the thrill of first kisses and the shock of revealing long-hidden affairs.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Strong . . . A laudable effort that shines light on little known histories.”—Library Journal
“Poignant . . . Vibrantly rendered.”—Booklist
“Combining rich narrative and literary qualities, the book achieves a multi-faceted emotional resonance. It is by turns heart-rending, tragic, disturbing, sanguine, warm, and life-affirming. Perceptive themes that run throughout culminate at the end. A true story . . . inspired this very absorbing and moving novel. Highly recommended.”—Historical Novel Society (Editors’ choice)
“Another winner . . . Ford has a wonderful gift. He nimbly takes the reader into forgotten pieces of history . . . with characters so real they will stay with you for some time to come.”—Fredericksburg Free Lance–Star
“An evocative, heartfelt, beautifully crafted story that shines a light on a fascinating, tragic bit of forgotten history, this is Ford at his storytelling best.”—Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale
“In this sweeping, bighearted novel—inspired by the true story of a twelve-year-old boy raffled off as a prize at the 1909 Seattle World Fair—we encounter a cast of colorful characters, fascinating historical details, and insights about morality, race, and culture that deepen and expand the story. . . . Utterly charming.”—Christina Baker Kline, author of A Piece of the World and Orphan Train
“Ford is a master at shining light into dark, forgotten corners of history and revealing the most unexpected and relatable human threads. . . . A beautiful and enthralling story of resilience and the many permutations of love.”—Jessica Shattuck, author of The Women in the Castle
“All the charm and heartbreak of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet . . . Based on a true story, Love and Other Consolation Prizes will warm your soul.”—Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lilac Girls
“A gripping story about the unpredictability of life and, above all, the incredible power of love to heal even the most shameful wounds . . . Ford has created a fascinating world, bookended by Seattle’s two world’s fairs, and peopled it with colorful, brave characters we care deeply about in this masterful job of storytelling.”—Melanie Benjamin, author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue
“Irresistibly magnificent . . . How does a novel genius top himself? Jamie Ford’s newest takes an extraordinary moment in history, where vice lives alongside innocence, and transforms it into a dazzling, hold-your-breath story about the families we make and the ones we are thrust into, about who we are and who we dreamed we could be.”—Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World
“Soaring, heart-wrenching, troubling, funny . . . Ford has masterfully used a strange, tragic footnote from history to transport the reader back in time.”—Karen Abbott, author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
About the Author
The son of a Chinese American father, Jamie Ford is the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and Songs of Willow Frost. Having grown up in Seattle, he now lives in Montana with his wife and children.
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I loved this story! The juxtaposition of the AYP Exposition in 1910 with the Seattle World's Fair of 1962 provides a wonderful backdrop to the story. The author weaves Ernest's childhood with his later years in a spellbinding story. The characters are colorful, rich, and full of life. Exquisite details of the times and places pull the reader into the story and take him/her on a journey of depth and intrigue. The end is a beautiful twist to the story that this reader did not see coming. I found it difficult to choose a favorite character from the lot but I believe my heart belongs to Fahn in the end. You'll have to read this for yourself to find out if you agree with my choice.
Are the two who find out they were born out of wedlock any lesser persons on that account? Certainly not! That is about the phoniest excuse I have ever heard of for putting someone down!
Who is a better friend to Earnest, the "good" Mrs. Irvine or the "bad" Flora Nettleton? Who is a better friend to the prostitutes in the Tenderloin?
Jamie Ford has given us a wonderfully engrossing story, full of both sadness and joy, which forces us to notice that even the "bad" people have virtues and even the "good" have faults. Perhaps it will inspire us to think more charitably about our fellow citizens. It should also inspire you, if you haven't already, to read his wonderful first novel, HOTEL on the CORNER of BITTER and SWEET (five stars ++) and his excellent second, SONGS of WILLOW FROST (five stars).
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Nice easy beach read😊
I loved this book, this author. Your words paint efficient pictures in color with three dimensional texture.Read more