'Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet' Book Club Questions

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Published in 2009, this historical fiction novel has been a book club favorite since it was released. Use these book club discussion questions on by Jamie Ford to lead your book club into Ford's novel.

Spoiler Warning: These book club discussion questions reveal important details about Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Finish the book before reading on.

  1. Why do you think Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was told in flashbacks? What perspective can an older Henry give?
  1. How was Henry's relationship with Marty different than his relationship with his father? How was it the same? Even though tradition was important to both men, how did Henry and his father view tradition and heritage differently?
  2. Was the information the novel presented about Japanese-American internment new to you? What did you learn?
  3. Do you think Henry was right to stay with Ethel even after he found out about his father's deceit? Should he have searched for Keiko?
  4. Do you think Ethel knew what was happening to Henry's letters?
  5. If you were Henry, could you forgive your father?
  6. What do you think happened after the novel ended?
  7. Rank Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford on a scale of 1 to 5.
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Miller, Erin Collazo. "'Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet' Book Club Questions." ThoughtCo, Feb. 8, 2017, thoughtco.com/hotel-on-the-corner-of-bitter-and-sweet-by-jamie-ford-361813. Miller, Erin Collazo. (2017, February 8). 'Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet' Book Club Questions. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/hotel-on-the-corner-of-bitter-and-sweet-by-jamie-ford-361813 Miller, Erin Collazo. "'Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet' Book Club Questions." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/hotel-on-the-corner-of-bitter-and-sweet-by-jamie-ford-361813 (accessed January 19, 2018).