Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
A Novel

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Four words: Wow. My God. Wow. I guess that’s technically three, but you’ll probably share my sentiment once you read Ford’s story.
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From Jamie Ford, 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.

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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 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 novel will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home.

Praise for Songs of Willow Frost
 
“If you liked Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, you’re going to love Songs of Willow Frost. . . . tender, powerful, and deeply satisfying.”—Lisa Genova
 
“[A] poignant tale of lost and found love.”—Tampa Bay Times
 
“Arresting . . . [with] the kind of ending readers always hope for, but seldom get.”—The Dallas Morning News
 
“[An] achingly tender story . . . a tale of nuance and emotion.”—The Providence Journal
 
“Ford crafts [a] beautiful, tender tale of love transcending the sins people perpetrate on one another and shows how the strength of our primal relationships is the best part of our human nature.”—Great Falls Tribune
 
“Remarkable . . . likely to appeal to readers who enjoy the multi-generational novels of Amy Tan.”—Bookreporter
 
“Jamie Ford is a first-rate novelist, and with Songs of Willow Frost he takes a great leap forward and demonstrates the uncanny ability to move me to tears.”—Pat Conroy
 
“With vivid detail, Jamie Ford brings to life Seattle’s Chinatown during the Depression and chronicles the high price those desperate times exacted from an orphaned boy and the woman he believes is his mother. Songs of Willow Frost is about innocence and the loss of it, about longing, about the power of remembered love.”—Nancy Horan, author of Loving Frank
 
“Ford’s boundless compassion for the human spirit, in all its strengths and weaknesses, makes him one of our most unique and compelling storytellers.”—Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
 

About Jamie Ford

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The son of both American and Chinese parents, JAMIE FORD is the award-winning author of the bestselling novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet which was awarded the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. Jamie is father of six and lives in Montana with his wife Leesha.


















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Author Residence: Great Falls, MT


















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Author Hometown: Seattle, WA
 
Published September 10, 2013 by Ballantine Books. 353 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Songs of Willow Frost
All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Oct 14 2013

...Ford's second literary visit to Seattle's Chinatown, though quick-moving and occasionally warmhearted, is little more than a contrived evocation of the darkest element of fairytales and classics.

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Reviewed by Erin Collazo Miller on Sep 17 2013

There are plenty of discussion topics to mine within the historical context, and groups that need a mental break and entertainment but still want to be able to have a good conversation may find exactly what they are looking for in Willow Frost.

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Popcorn Reads

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Reviewed by MK on Sep 17 2013

So here's the scoop: Jamie Ford has written a beautiful, heartrending and heartwarming story in Song of Willow Frost. It touched me deeply. It's the kind of novel that gets under your skin in a good way.

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Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Sharon Galligar Chance on Aug 28 2013

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.

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Alison's Book Marks Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Alison Skap on Sep 10 2013

I was completely consumed by the hope and love that shine through this heartbreaking story. Not really thinking it was possibleI am glad to say that Jamie Ford has written a novel even more compelling, and more beautiful than Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Jaime Boler on Sep 10 2013

Four words: Wow. My God. Wow. I guess that’s technically three, but you’ll probably share my sentiment once you read Ford’s story.

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Life by Candlelight

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Reviewed by Amy on Aug 27 2013

BOTTOM LINE: Recommended. A very sweet tale of one boy's courage in trying to find the truth about his past and that of his mother.

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Above average
Reviewed by Marymom on Sep 10 2013

Although I imagine that many readers will find this a real tear-jerker, I felt at times that the writing style distanced me from the full emotional impact of events.

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Cold Read Blog

Good
Reviewed by Suzanne on Aug 09 2013

Jamie Ford is an excellent story-teller, and fans who enjoyed The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet won’t be disappointed. Even more than the story, however, I enjoyed Ford’s excellent revelations about the life of Chinese-Americans during Seattle’s depression era.

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Reviewed by Betsy on Sep 08 2013

What Ford has written here is a terribly sad story, but one that I simply couldn't put down. I kept reading with the hope that one day William and Willow's stories would become one story again. I loved Charlotte's spirit and loyalty to William and she quickly became my favorite character.

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