Ford, Jamie. The Songs of Willow Frost
Jamie Ford, author of the Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, again writes about Seattle, but this time with Chinese American characters and set during the Great Depression and the 1920s. Twelve-year-old William Eng has lived in an orphanage for five years after his mother was deemed unable to care for him. William spends his days dreaming about his mother returning for him one day. That is, until the orphans are taken on a rare outing to a movie theater and William sees up on the screen a woman he believes to be his mother. Determined to find her, William escapes from the orphanage with his friend Charlotte and thus his adventures begin. Ford’s new novel is as wonderful as the first. You will be swept away to another time and place.