Love and Other Consolation Prizes

Love and Other Consolation Prizes

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"Inspired by a true story, this is the unforgettable story of a young boy named Ernest, set during the 1909 Seattle world's fair called the Alaska Yukon Pacific Expo. It is a time when the magical wonders of technology on display at the expo future seems limitless. But for Ernest, a half-Chinese orphan who found his way to America through a last desperate act of his beloved mother, every door is closed. A charity student at a boarding school, he has never really had a place to call home. Then one day, his wealthy sponsor announces that if a home is what he wants, then that is what he will have: Ernest will be offered as a prize in the daily raffle at the fair, advertised as "Healthy boy to a good home for the winning ticket holder." The woman who "wins" him is the madam of a notorious brothel who was famous for educating her girls. He becomes a houseboy in her brothel and is befriended by the daughter of the madam, as well as a Japanese girl who works in the kitchen. The friendship and love between these three form the first real family Ernest has ever known"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804176774
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 25 cm


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Nov 28, 2018

A touching and elegant story.

Jun 16, 2018

Sad but sweet story. The Seattle connection adds a lot of interest to it. Very well written. I thought it was more enjoyable than his second book which was just sort of depressing.

May 22, 2018

Extremely well written and loved the Seattle history. I will admit I found the story quite sad and somewhat depressing without any hints of humour to help lighten the difficult but accurate depiction of history.

rthomson1954 Apr 24, 2018

This story is sweet in so many ways. The characters are kind and likeable especially Ernest Young who early on is raffled away at the 1909 Yukon World Exposition and becomes the property of Madam Flora. This might seem like a harsh fate for a boy just reaching adolescence, but the "ladies" at the bordello are kind and nurturing, and he finds encounters loving and caring women as he grows into manhood. The historical depiction of Seattle is interesting and well portrayed, and the movement back and forth between 1909 and 1964 plays out smoothly and tenderly.

Apr 18, 2018

Another wonderful book by Jamie Ford, this time set in Seattle against the backdrops of two World's Fairs, the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and the 1962 Century 21 World's Fair. Although fictional, the novel is based on something that really happened: at the AYP, a baby was given away. In Love & Other Consolation Prizes, it's a 12-yr old who's given away, Ernest, a young man who is half Chinese and whose Chinese mother could not afford to keep him. Ernest ends up working as a houseboy in the swankiest brothel in Pioneer Square. The book alternates between his story back in the early part of the 20th Century versus his story in 1962. Is this story too much like Hotel at the Corner of Bitter & Sweet? I didn't care, loved the book!

brookse0518 Dec 31, 2017

This title was interesting enough that I also read Ford's earlier book. I like the way he switches from past to present with good character development.

Dec 30, 2017

An orphan boy called Ernest Young is raffled as a prize at the 1909 Seattle world’s fair. That catches your attention. His new home is the Tenderloin, a classy brothel in the red light district. Years later when the next world’s fair opens there, his journalist daughter wants to mine his memories.

Love Jamie Ford’s writing and his storytelling. Wonderful historical fiction.

Dec 20, 2017

If you loved The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, you’ll enjoy Jamie Ford’s new book. The storyline moves between the Seattle Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909 and the 1962 World’s Fair. It’s the story of Ernest a Chinese boy who was sold by his mother and brought to the US. Ending up as the houseboy in a Seattle brothel, he later marries and has two daughters. If you love Seattle history and the part Asians have played in its growth, this book is for you.

Nov 21, 2017

As usual with Jamie Ford, I was most fascinated by the carefully incorporated Seattle history. This seems to be his passion, and I often wonder what would happen if he tried his hand at non-fiction. (Disclaimer: I received access to an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book)

Nov 16, 2017

This book is distasteful! I read only half of it. I don't recommend this book.
What a disappointment, doesn't compare to Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, the author's first book.
I, too, noticed the mistake about middle school. That term was not used in 1909 or 1962.

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Nov 21, 2017

This is Ford’s third historical novel, this time set in Seattle during the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition. Ford opens on the better remembered 1962 fair, and uses it to echo and reflect the main action of 1909. The plot was inspired by a fascinating newspaper clipping from the AYP Expo, advertising the fact that an orphan boy was one of the raffle prizes at the fair. The fate of the real boy is unknown, but in his novel, Ford imagines what might have become of a young half-Chinese boy named Ernest, whose winning ticket is sold to the madam of an infamous brothel. Raised in a Catholic orphanage, Ernest comes to the red light district as the temperance movement is surging in the city, and finds himself caught between the Japanese house girl, Fahn, and Madam Flora’s stubborn daughter, Maisie.


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