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Published September 20, 2017

ISSN: 1930-0018

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Book Jacket

Love and Other Consolation Prizes
by Jamie Ford
12 Sep 2017
320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN-13: 9780804176750
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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Cassandra E. (Fort Myers, FL)

Love and other consolations
Awesome story. I had no problems when the story went back and forth in time frame. Mr. Ford did a wonderful jobin his research in that time era of Seattle. I know everyone will love this book.
Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Shawna (TX)

"People ....can affect our gravity"
Engrossing story set in a little known era in Seattle 1910's and also in the 1960s. Historical fiction lovers will enjoy this novel.

Themes to discuss include what makes a family, human trafficking, who we choose to love and why we make those choices.

Don't miss the author's note at the end of the novel. My favorite line is "There are people in our lives who we love, and lose, and forever long for. They orbit our hearts like Halley's Comet, crossing into our universe only once, or if we're lucky, twice in a lifetime. And when they do, they affect our gravity."
Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Amber B. (East Sparta, OH)

Sweet, provoking must-read
Love and Other Consolation Prizes describes a world most readers could never imagine... a world in which the most loving home for a preteen boy is a brothel where he works odd jobs, a world in which dementia is perhaps the most gracious gift for an elderly woman.
I found this engrossing book difficult to put down. It expertly examined issues of friendship, love, feminism, survival, and the worth of a human being.
The dual timelines add much to the story in that the 1960s era teases readers with a happyish ending for Ernest and Fahn/Gracie, but you learn that there's so much more to the story.
I'm eager to read more by Jamie Ford.
Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Mary O. (Boston, MA)

A Delight!
Based on a true story, this book's background is the Seattle 1909 World's Fair and an orphan boy who is raffled off as the prize. The tale has moments of celebration, heartbreak, grief and friendship where you truly see that everything in life has a price. I loved Hotel on Corner of Bitter and Sweet and this is NO disappointment! Enjoy!
Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Amy P. (Boulder City, NV)

A Pleasure to Read
It was a pleasure to read Love & Other Consolation Prizes, historical fiction based on true events. The story alternates between early and mid-century Seattle Worlds Fairs, following the main characters from childhood to their golden years. Author Jamie Ford vividly describes the despair of a young orphan sold into slavery, the sights and sounds of the wondrous Worlds Fair five decades apart, and the tender love story of friends, family, and the fragile threads that intertwine their lives and their loyalties. This book covers a myriad of topics including medical treatments, immigration, Suffragette movement, in addition to the deeply moving descriptions of each character; their emotions and motives.

It was a double pleasure to be able to read this book during a return visit to Seattle. Ford's eloquent style of writing and attention to detail makes one forget this is a work of fiction!
Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Vicky S. (Torrance, CA)

Love & Other COnsolation Prizes
I'd prefer to give the book a 3.5 rather than the 4 I chose. I enjoyed the history in the novel as well as the experiences of races and classes in Seattle. I did find some of the characters in the Tenderloin hard to believe and not many that I cared about. It has taken me longer than usual to finish the book but the information regarding the World's Fair and the treatment of people of color was fascinating.
Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Vicki O. (Boston, MA)

A Little Disappointing
"The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" was one of my favorite novels. Naturally I had high expectations for this novel. Unfortunately, "Love and other Consolation Prizes" did not move me in the same way. While I did appreciate the novel's back and forth structure, the eloquent writing style, the satisfying character development and the rich historical detail, it won't make my list of favorite reads.
Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Deanna W. (Port Jefferson, NY)

Bitter& Sweet
Another historic novel that reflects the history and society of its times. This excellent novel was inspired by true events that occurred at the 1909 Seattle World's Fair. Through flashback and flash-forward chapters the reader follows the life of a boy that is raffled off at the fair. The story deals with themes of family, prejudice, identity, and fitting in. This is a poignant and subtle novel that is perfect for book groups.

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