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Download Epub Format ☆ Songs of Willow Frost PDF by µ Jamie Ford It is 1934 and the people of Seattle are suffering through the Great Depression Twelve year old William lives in the Sacred Heart Orphanage with an assortment of other children who have been placed there for a variety of reasons William has lost his mother, but not to death He knows she is still alive and he will find her some day because she wouldn t have left him without a good reason After seeing a movie featuring an actress named Willow Frost, he recognizes her as his mother Setting out with his best friend, a blind girl named Charlotte, he searches to find her and why she abandoned him.
The story takes us back and forth from the perspective of William 1934 and Lin Song 1921 It is a touching story about family love and loyalty and the pursuit of one s dreams It also had an authentic feel to both the time period and the struggle of Chinese Americans It a I think I expectedfrom this novelist Which probably is not fair, because this was a good book in its own way I just never quite 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 littlecaring, 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 comple 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 S, 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 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 t 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 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 wasable to make better choices and gain enough strength to fight for the future of both hersel 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 r

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 her.
While 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 frequently 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 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 t 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 clich 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 a

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 Asian Pacific 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 say Hi, this is me Not a publicist Not some weird aggregated bit of