Songs of Willow Frost : a novel by Ford, Jamie.

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With his friend Charlotte, twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American boy, escapes from a Seattle orphanage determined to find his mother Willow and discover his connection to the exotic film star.

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reviewed by Anne L on Jul 4, 2013
(Note: reviewer read an advanced reader copy; "Songs of Willow Frost" is scheduled to be published September 10, 2013.) This new book follows Ford's best selling 2009 debut novel, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet." Through the skillful writing of the author, we experience what it might have been like to be poor, Chinese and an orphan. Set in Seattle in the 1920s and early Depression years, it offers a moving story about Liu Song, a young Chinese American woman who becomes pregnant by her stepfather after her mother's death. With her stunning good looks and lovely voice, Liu is able to support herself for a time by singing in the shop of a sheet music and piano store. Her parents had been stars in the Cantonese opera, and she is encouraged to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress by Colin Kwan, an aspiring but mysterious Chinese actor. She adores her son, William Eng, but because of the restrictive laws at that time, she reluctantly gives him up for adoption rather than turn him over to her odious uncle. Flash foward several years, and William is still living in an orphanage, considered unadoptable because he is Chinese. He does not think his mother is alive until he sees an ad for Willow Frost, a glamorous Chinese American singer and actress who has returned to Seattle to promote an upcoming film. Convinced that Willow is his ah-ma, William is determined to find her and escapes from the orphanage. It is a memorable journey well worth taking.

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