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Songs of Willow Frost Worthless spineless gutless emotionless insignificant cowardly evil bastards filled this novel to the point that my world overflowed with a god awful stench that smelled worse than elephant dung and monkey poo and singed every last nose hair This tale burst forth with enough villains to occupy an entire wing of the county jail and had a few folks that might need to sit in the electric chair Spitting fire and spewing smoke I finished SONGS OF WILLOW FROST while cursing social workers with no social skills; a stepfather and father that proves any man filled with semen can knock up a woman but the term father is earned through hard work and dedication to the cause; an aunt with high and mighty airs that needs a firm dose of reality along with a side helping of a smack down by The Rock; a lily livered pussy footed halfwit who focuses on tradition and not disappointing his family than following his heartand fuck me I need a drink Or better yet just leave the bottle of Jose Cuervo Gold and a wastebasket and I’ll see you in the morningIf our country ever becomes overrun by Uncle Leo and Auntie Eng and Colin Kwan and Mrs Peterson and Charlotte’s pathetic excuse for a father I’ll defect to Australia and commune with the crocodiles and probably double my happiness uotient But William Eng and Liu Song carried this tale with pomp and plenty of charm and charisma These two proved beyond tragic as the world stomped on each of them time and time again I constantly found myself asking how much worse could it get and this uestion was followed by yet another tragedy If I could have found a way I would have asked the bad man to leave The disasters were so profound I found myself wondering if I might benefit from the addition of prescription medication or electroshock therapy while clenching a piece of rubber between my teethBut like William and Liu I wouldn’t give up and I wouldn’t give in and I wouldn’t let the bad man win Reading this story proved a study in perseverance and courage and profound dedication because every time the nail dropped my foot exploded in a white light of pain and I cursed a blue streak loud enough to resurrect a Chinaman from his grave But what kept me reading as much as the wonderfully drawn characters was the beautiful prose and animated spirit that flowed out of this novel and tickled my senses Even if I had tried to pull myself away I wouldn’t have made it farDisappointment rained down on me and the characters with hail the size of golf balls and clouds as dark as sin In the end though there’s a positive message here Pure beauty can come from the most horrid experiences And on that note we shall depart as I seek out a pumice stone to rub my entire body and cleanse my tainted auraI received this book for free through NetGalleyCross posted at Robert's Reads From Jamie Ford the New York Times bestselling author of the beloved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a much anticipated second novel Set against the backdrop of Depression era Seattle Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love hope and forgiveness   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 that his mother is still alive William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte The pair navigate 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 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 novel will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home I just loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Now I won an ARC of Songs of Willow Frost but did not find it as engaging as the first Let me first say that there is a good book lying beneath the surface here However the writing felt inconsistent to me alternating from seemingly effortless and tidy to some very choppy awkward sentences and flow The author seemed to struggle with the ability to convey the characters’ feelings Instead he often spelled them out in too many words which was cliché and tiresome He felt like He thought that She felt as if Please show me don’t tell me I’m hoping a good editor can fix these flaws in the final version as this is history that should be told It also could have been much shorter and concise with less of Willow’s rambling and repetitive chapters I did appreciate the Author’s Notes at the end where Ford summed it all up Disappointing soap opera y tale of an orphaned 12 year old boy William Eng trying to reunite with the mother who abandoned him at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in 1934 Seattle The characters are one dimensional and cartoonish the bad people are so very very BAD and the good people are long suffering heroic and wise beyond their years William and his friend Charlotte talk and act like mature adults As I forced myself to finish the book I got the distinct feeling the author had a checklist of “Trials and Tribulations” at his side as he wrote He missed nothing – orphans abandoned by their parents orphanages run by cruel nuns oatmeal with weevils Cue Charles Dickens plagues incest rape spousal abuse murder suicide racism poverty sexual harassment miscarriage forced sterilization uncaring social workersI honestly think he tagged all the bases“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” was one of my very favorite books in 2009 I was so looking forward to Jamie Ford’s next book but this is a melodramatic miss Hoping his next book will be like the firstA 15 Will round up to a 2 for the 1920 1930's atmosphere I think I expected from this novelist Which probably is not fair because this was a good book in its own way I just never uite connected with the characters as much as I wished felt almost a remove from them The story was okay but at times seemed forced and the dialogue just didn't flow The main bones of the story is fascinating I did feel for all the little children abandoned to the nuns in the orphanage Believe me these nuns could have been a little caring knowing how these children must have felt losing their parents or parent The two different sides of his mother seemed almost impossible How does a person change so much I know they can become bitter when life doesn't turn out the way they expected but his mother does a complete 360So I liked it it was a good story I just wanted to feel a little involved in these character's lives Set in Seattle during the Great Depression twelve year old William Eng has been living in an orphanage since age seven when his mother Liu Song was discovered in the bathtub listless and bleeding and taken away William believes she is still alive When the children are treated to a movie he sees a woman on the screen Willow Frost who resembles her The book contains two storylines – William’s and Willow’s via flashbacks Both are extremely sad reflecting the difficult lives led by many Chinese and Chinese Americans during the time period I enjoyed it but found it too melodramatic in places I have read two other books by this author My favorite is Love and Other Consolation Prizes I also very much enjoyed Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet I listened to the audio book read by Ryan Gesell He reads well – his style is fluid and he provides the characters with distinct voices I loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet so I was looking forward to Jamie Ford’s new book However I was disappointed in Songs of Willow Frost It’s 1934 and William Eng is living in Sacred Heart Orphanage in Seattle He has been there since his mother died 5 years earlier When William sees a movie starring Willow Frost he is convinced that the actress is his mother so he sets out to find herWhile the premise of the story is good the execution is not There are a number of stereotypical villains; a cruel nun a vicious stepfather uncaring stepmother etc The story was freuently melodramatic and was so bleak at times it was hard to read; after a time I became inured to all the terrible things that happened to Willow William is supposed to be 12 years old but he often thought and spoke as an adult and that was off putting I also found it hard to believe that a boy and his young blind companion could roam the streets of Seattle for days without arousing suspicionIt’s clear that a lot of research went into this book and a lot of the information about the movie business at that time was very interesting but overall the book fell flat for me Set in the depression era in Seattle this is a heartbreaking tale of a 12 year old Chinese boy William who lives in the Sacred Heart Academy orphanage wondering why he is there and his mother who is desperately trying to escape her past and the reasons she is not able to raise her son Throughout this book I was a little disappointed with the way William's mother Liu Song seemed to accept the horrible things that happened to her but I kept remembering that these were different times for women and also that she was from a culture that had very strong expectations of acceptable behavior I was glad that as the book progressed she was able to make better choices and gain enough strength to fight for the future of both herself and her son My favorite line by Liu Song I just realized that I am perfect for youIt's just that you are not perfect for me You go girl 4 stars I LOVED this book by Jamie Ford the author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet William is an orphan at Seattle's Sacred Heart Orphanage He is the only Chinese child at the orphanage No one would adopt a Chinese child He continued to wonder why he was abandoned and left to stay in an orphanage where the porridge was gruel and the nuns strict and uncaring William's friend was a girl named Charlotte She was blind and she truly cared for William and he for her On a once a year outing William saw a poster with a Chinese star of movies named Willow Convinced that Willow was his mother he and Charlotte hide in a book mobile and travel to the city in search of Willow Willow is indeed William's mother From then on the story becomes William's and Charlotte's in the present and Willow's story of the past trying to explain to William why she had been forced to abandon the one person she loved in the world the most Willow's story is one of unhappiness Her father died of influenza Her life became unbearable when her mom remarried and got sick Leo Willow's stepfather uses Liu Song to make money off of her beautiful voice and abuses her raping her leaving her pregnant with William A young girl unmarried Chinese and pregnant did not have a chance to make ends meet Liu Song's life was filled with low self esteem her dignity and hopes dashed time and time again This story is heartbreaking and painful on many levels Willow William and Charlotte felt betrayed by their families through not fault of their own They lived with hope only to have life's ugly reality rear its head throughout the story I could not stop readingI look forward to novels written by Jamie Ford One of the best aspects of being a book reviewer is the exposure to authors with whom I was not previously familiar Instead of choosing books to read through my normal method perusing the shelves at Barnes and Noble and admittedly judging by the covers – I’m voluntarily reading pretty much every book that comes my way via publishers seeking feedback This weekend I started and finished Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford It’s set in the early 20th century against the backdrop of the great depression and focuses on a Chinese mother and son that have been torn apart by excruciating circumstances I absolutely could not put this book down Ford’s prose is beautiful and evocative He expertly pulls readers into the story right from the first pages I identified with this young abandoned son as we came to know him in his orphanage home I felt his sadness as it was recounted by Ford; my heart welled up with anticipation and hope as his heart pounded with excitement of the same Buoyed by a startling appearance of of a woman that looks and sounds much like the mother he presumed to be dead our protagonist William Eng teams with his friend Charlotte to escape the orphanage and find Liu Song who he believes is now entertaining audiences under the name Willow Frost When he finally stands face to face with Willow the information she conveys changes his life and outlook forever In Songs of Willow Frost the uestion on every human heart – Am I truly loved – is asked and answered to a satisfying conclusionThis is one of the best reads of 2013 so far Recommendation Strong buy Songs of Willow Frost A Novel


About the Author: Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford’s debut novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 AsianPacific American Award for Literature Jamie’s work has been published in 34 languages Also because Jamie feels weird writing about himself in the 3rd person he’s going to sayHi this is me Not a publicist Not some weird aggregated bit of


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