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Love and Other Consolation Prizes: A Novel



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Author
Ford, Jamie
Descriptors
Chinese Americans
Families
Friendship
Historical Fiction-American
Immigrants
Indentured Servants
Japanese Americans
Orphans
Prostitution
Secrets
Location/Setting:
Seattle, Washington
Time Period:
1900s
1960s
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Summary
The story alternates between the 1900ís and 1960ís. In 1902, 5-year-old Ernest Young (nť Yung Kun-ai) traveled from China to the United States all alone. He ended up at an orphanage. In 1909, Ernest is raffled off at the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition. He becomes a houseboy at a brothel when he befriends Fahn, a Japanese orphan, and Maisie, the madamís daughter. In 1962 Ernest and Gracie (Fahn) have two grown daughters that know nothing of their parentsí life at the brothel. When an article reappears describing the raffling off of a young boy "Ernest" in 1909, one daughter questions and searches to find out what actually happened to their parents decades earlier.
Critique
A compelling piece of forgotten history.
ISBN
9780804176750
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# of Pages
307
Published
2017
Formats
Reviewer's Initials: ED


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