Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Categories: Literary, Historical
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 the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the 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 Song.
Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigate the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star. The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen.
Songs of Willow Frost contains so many story-telling elements that I adore. There's history, family, and Asian culture. There's the glamour of music, movies, and stars. There's also the grinding poverty of a nation in a major depression.
William's emotional journey wasn't always easy to read about. There were some moments that were so distressing I wasn't sure if I could go on.
There were also moments that seemed a bit too neat and unrealistic.
But there was no stopping! The fantastic writing and the need to find out what happen to William next kept me turning the pages. I was so happy to have read this books and I'd like to thank TLC Book Tours for the opportunity.
I recommend that you get a copy of this book, grab a box of tissues, and enjoy.
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