A while ago, I posted about this wonderful book I read by Jamie Ford, Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. The story was set in WWII-era Seattle and about the Japanese-Americans sent to internment camps. The story followed a young couple who were torn apart and their story that spanned years and years.
Recently, Jaime Ford released Songs of Willow Frost, a historical fiction novel set in Seattle during the Great Depression. William Eng is a twelve year old living at an orphanage and knows he has little chance to ever be adopted after his mother's death. However, on a rare outing into the outside world, William sees a woman singing on the big screen during a movie and is absolutely certain it's his real mother. William and his closest friend run away from the orphanage in an attempt to find her. The story shifts between William's adventure and his mother Willow's story about why she had to give up William in the first place.
I love the city of Seattle, so reading about what it was like in the 20's and 30's was very interesting. A lot of the book is about the obstacles, prejudices, and injustices that Willow faced as a young mother during that time period. Some of it was hard to read, but it was very enlightening and made me appreciate what opportunities are available to women today. If you're in the mood for a family drama or historical novel, be sure to check this one out.