I learned about this book from an article over the Panama Hotel in Seattle (National Parks Magazine). Mr. Ford lyrically weaves together three elements: A Bildungsroman of Henry, the main character; a retelling of Romeo and Juliet between Chinese and Japanese families; and an unsparing exposition of the paranoia and racism that led to the internment of Japanese-American families during WWII. This is storytelling at its best.
Misunderstood by his son and lonely after a loss, Henry is suddenly reminded of the past when some belongings are found in a recently reopened Hotel that had been boarded up for decades. A haunting remembrance of an unfortunate time after the bombings on Pearl Harbor that pushed the USA into WW2.