Book Review: Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

This book was included as part of the Advent Box presented by Once Upon a Book Club in 2019. Set in 1962, Ernest Young splits his narrative between the present and 1902 he was brought to Seattle as a young boy. Coming from China during a time of famine, completely alone and eventually auctioned to a brothel, Ernest recounts the story of his life. Persistence, a refusal to compromise his values, and a loyalty surpassing any he was ever shown, Ernest appropriately pieces together for us the idea that, “the present is merely the past reassembled.” This was an enlightening piece of historical fiction that rented my heart and soul for the duration of this book. Come prepared to be shocked, informed, and enraged by a little known part of American history.

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