Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thursday Thoughts ~ Books from the Backlog

Happy Thursday . . .  aka Happy Almost Friday!!

It's time for Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life in Books.  It's a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks . . . or on your eReader.


This week's neglected book is . . . 

Songs of Willow Frost 
Release Date:  September 10, 2013
Publisher:  Ballantine Books

From Goodreads:  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 his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigates 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 more 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 book will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home.

Why I selected it: I loved Ford's debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and have been meaning to set aside time to read his sophomore novel.  As the days turn cooler here, I'm hoping to devote more time to indoor activities like reading.

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  1. I'm not sure I've heard of this book, though I have known of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Have not read either of them. Someone else was talking about books by this author recently. I need to check my library for them.

  2. I definitely recommend Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. It's a solid story set on the west coast during the time of Japanese internment camps.

  3. This sounds so nice! I wonder if Willow Frost is his real mother.

  4. I've got Hotel on the wish list still. This one sounds pretty good, too.

  5. I have this one sitting on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up as well. I really enjoyed Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and do look forward to reading it. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it, Catherine!

  6. I loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, I have Love and Other Consolations Prizes by Jamie Ford but haven't had a chance to get to it. This one sounds really good, another book to add to my list. I do hope you like it when you get the chance to read it.

  7. I haven't yet read this one either--and I really want to. I love the cover.