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review × eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Õ Jamie Ford

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 Songs of PDF the nuns designate as his birthday William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre where William glimpses an actress on. Books are made to be read from front to back I get that but can I just ask you to do me a favour When you buy Songs of Willow Frost and buy it you should turn to the Author's Note Read this first then and only then should you return to the first pageI make this demand because Songs of Willow Frost deserves to be read in context Set in Depression era Seattle this is the story of a young boy William who has spent the last five years living in an orphanage and longs to find his mother And find her he does uickly and remarkably easily barely a uarter of the way through the book This was the point when I went in search of the author's note I confess I wasn't entirely trusting of Jamie Ford's story telling skills after all why would you send a boy on a uest only to have him achieve his goal with 75% of the book left to go The truth of the matter is that finding his mother is a two fold process Finding her in person is one thing catching hold of the spirit of his mother is an entirely different thingIn flashback the novel tells the story William's Chinese mother Liu Song Eng growing up in Seattle and dealing with poverty racism and a violent home life all the while longing for a life on the stage and then the silver screen It is a time of prejudice and superstition both within her own culture and beyond For me Ford's Author's Note brought the real life context alive In some way knowing that it was drawn so directly from the experiences of people from that period including his own family somehow lent greater credence to the story and made it a far enjoyable readAs an overall comment I enjoyed the chapters told from William's perspective The opening of this novel I think is some of the best writing I have ever read Four pages in I posted on my Facebook page go and buy this book I highlighted so many passages in those first few pages; delighting in the beautiful and clever turn of phrase It is in these chapters that we really see the incredible strength of Ford's writingHome is a fairy tale the kind where children are lost in the woods found cooked and eatenThe chapters from Liu Song Eng's point of view had a very different feel and they didn't speak to me in the same way I think this is partly because Liu Song Eng is such a struggling character she has so much going against her and ultimately you know the way things are going to turn out It is not revealing any spoilers to make the observation that her back story is not going to end happily After all we begin with her son in an orphanage In a way she reminded me of Frank McCourt's mother in Angela's Ashes; a woman who is just so beaten down by circumstance that she can't take another step forward These are honest characters McCourt's obviously so as he was writing about his own mother but they are difficult to relate to in a story You keep wanting them to reach a point where they pick themselves up and turn their lives around but sometimes acts of strength and redemption are neither simple nor heroicOn balance though it's a great read and a fascinating subject to learn about If nothing else you should buy it just to read those first few chapters

review Songs of Willow Frost

Songs of Willow FrostThe 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 SongDetermined 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 an. 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

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Read & Download Songs of Willow Frost 107 Á [Epub] ❦ Songs of Willow Frost Author Jamie Ford – 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 Twelve year old WiD his connection to the exotic film star The story of Willow Frost however is far complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreenShifting between the Great Depression and the s 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 hom. 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