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Love and Other Consolation Prizes

By Jamie Ford

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Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Published In: United States, 12 September 2017
From the beloved author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about an orphan boy whose life is transformed when he is raffled off at Seattle's 1909 World Fair.

About the Author

The son of a Chinese American father, Jamie Ford is the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and Songs of Willow Frost. Having grown up in Seattle, he now lives in Montana with his wife and children.

Reviews

"Exciting . . . [Jamie] Ford captures the thrill of first kisses and the shock of revealing long-hidden affairs."--Kirkus Reviews "Strong . . . A laudable effort that shines light on little known histories."--Library Journal "Poignant . . . Vibrantly rendered."--Booklist "Combining rich narrative and literary qualities, the book achieves a multi-faceted emotional resonance. It is by turns heart-rending, tragic, disturbing, sanguine, warm, and life-affirming. Perceptive themes that run throughout culminate at the end. A true story from the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition inspired this very absorbing and moving novel. Highly recommended."--Historical Novel Society (Editors' choice) "An evocative, heartfelt, beautifully crafted story that shines a light on a fascinating, tragic bit of forgotten history, this is Jamie Ford at his storytelling best."--Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale "In this sweeping, bighearted novel--inspired by the true story of a twelve-year-old boy raffled off as a prize at the 1909 Seattle World Fair--we encounter a cast of colorful characters, fascinating historical details, and (in typical Jamie Ford fashion) insights about morality, race, and culture that deepen and expand the story. . . . Utterly charming."--Christina Baker Kline, author of A Piece of the World and Orphan Train "Ford is a master at shining light into dark, forgotten corners of history and revealing the most unexpected and relatable human threads. . . . A beautiful and enthralling story of resilience and the many permutations of love."--Jessica Shattuck, author of The Women in the Castle "All the charm and heartbreak of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet . . . Based on a true story, Love and Other Consolation Prizes will warm your soul."--Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lilac Girls "A gripping story about the unpredictability of life and, above all, the incredible power of love to heal even the most shameful wounds . . . Ford has created a fascinating world, bookended by Seattle's two world's fairs, and peopled it with colorful, brave characters we care deeply about in this masterful job of storytelling."--Melanie Benjamin, author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue "Irresistibly magnificent . . . How does a novel genius top himself? Jamie Ford's newest takes an extraordinary moment in history, where vice lives alongside innocence, and transforms it into a dazzling, hold-your-breath story about the families we make and the ones we are thrust into, about who we are and who we dreamed we could be."--Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World "Soaring, heart-wrenching, troubling, funny . . . Ford has masterfully used a strange, tragic footnote from history to transport the reader back in time."--Karen Abbott, author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy "Only Jamie Ford could take a snippet of a true story about a child offered as a raffle prize at the 1909 Seattle World's Fair and spin it into a dazzling tale of love and family and ultimately hope. Love and Other Consolation Prizes has the big generous heart Ford always brings to his novels and fans will rejoice in it."--Ann Hood, author of The Book That Matters Most "Heartbreaking, wondrous, triumphant."--Ken Liu, author of The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories "An epic and touching love story of a raffled-off orphan boy named Ernest and the two girls he loves--one for now, one forever. Set against the backdrop of old Seattle, Love and Other Consolation Prizes is a tenderly defiant testimony to the soaring value of a human being, even the most forgotten among us."--Kathy Hepinstall, author of The Book of Polly Advance praise for Love and Other Consolation Prizes "An evocative, heartfelt, beautifully crafted story that shines a light on a fascinating, tragic bit of forgotten history, this is Jamie Ford at his storytelling best."--Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale "In this sweeping, bighearted novel--inspired by the true story of a twelve-year-old boy raffled off as a prize at the 1909 Seattle World Fair--we encounter a cast of colorful characters, fascinating historical details, and (in typical Jamie Ford fashion) insights about morality, race, and culture that deepen and expand the story. . . . Utterly charming."--Christina Baker Kline, author of A Piece of the World and Orphan Train "Ford is a master at shining light into dark, forgotten corners of history and revealing the most unexpected and relatable human threads. . . . A beautiful and enthralling story of resilience and the many permutations of love."--Jessica Shattuck, author of The Women in the Castle "All the charm and heartbreak of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet . . . Based on a true story, Love and Other Consolation Prizes will warm your soul."--Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lilac Girls "A gripping story about the unpredictability of life and, above all, the incredible power of love to heal even the most shameful wounds . . . Ford has created a fascinating world, bookended by Seattle's two world's fairs, and peopled it with colorful, brave characters we care deeply about in this masterful job of storytelling."--Melanie Benjamin, author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue "Irresistibly magnificent . . . How does a novel genius top himself? Jamie Ford's newest takes an extraordinary moment in history, where vice lives alongside innocence, and transforms it into a dazzling, hold-your-breath story about the families we make and the ones we are thrust into, about who we are and who we dreamed we could be."--Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World "Soaring, heart-wrenching, troubling, funny . . . Ford has masterfully used a strange, tragic footnote from history to transport the reader back in time."--Karen Abbott, author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy "Only Jamie Ford could take a snippet of a true story about a child offered as a raffle prize at the 1909 Seattle World's Fair and spin it into a dazzling tale of love and family and ultimately hope. Love and Other Consolation Prizes has the big generous heart Ford always brings to his novels and fans will rejoice in it."--Ann Hood, author of The Book That Matters Most "Heartbreaking, wondrous, triumphant."--Ken Liu, author of The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories "An epic and touching love story of a raffled-off orphan boy named Ernest and the two girls he loves--one for now, one forever. Set against the backdrop of old Seattle, Love and Other Consolation Prizes is a tenderly defiant testimony to the soaring value of a human being, even the most forgotten among us."--Kathy Hepinstall, author of The Book of Polly

EAN: 9780804176750
ISBN: 0804176752
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Dimensions: 23.62 x 16 x 3.05 centimetres (0.57 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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