Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

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Read Love and Other Consolation Prizes Online Free - From the bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle's epic 1909 World's Fair.

For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the World's Fair feels like a gift. But only once he's there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off--a healthy boy "to a good home."

The winning ticket belongs to the flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel, famous for educating her girls. There, Ernest becomes the new houseboy and befriends Maisie, the madam's precocious daughter, and a bold scullery maid named Fahn. Their friendship and affection form the first real family Ernest has ever known--and against all odds, this new sporting life gives him the sense of home he's always desired.

But as the grande dame succumbs to an occupational hazard and their world of finery begins to crumble, all three must grapple with hope, ambition, and first love.

Fifty years later, in the shadow of Seattle's second World's Fair, Ernest struggles to help his ailing wife reconcile who she once was with who she wanted to be, while trying to keep family secrets hidden from their grown-up daughters.

Against a rich backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and celebration, Love and Other Consolations is an enchanting tale about innocence and devotion--in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale.

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ISBN : 0525492585
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Audio CD
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Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

June 19, 2017

On one level, Jamie Ford's novels can be characterized as sweet, sad, tender love stories, where the main character is Chinese or half Chinese . If you've read anything at all about Ford, you know that his grandfather was Chinese. I love that he honors his heritage with his stories. But his stori...

Larry rated it ★★★★☆

October 08, 2017

"'My theory,' Maisie said, 'is that the best, worst, happiest, saddest, scariest, and most memorable moments are all connected. Those are the important times, good and bad. The rest is just filler.'" For Ernest Young, born Yung Kun-ai in China just before the start of the 20th century, some of the...

Carol rated it ★★★★☆

June 19, 2017

4.5 Stars! Another engrossing and heartfelt story by Jamie Ford!It's 1902 China when we first meet Yung Kun-ai aka Ernest Young who at age five has just witnessed an (OMG!) horrific act by his starving, destitute mother before leaving him with her only possession....a metal meet up...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

September 12, 2017

The year is 1909, Seattle's World Fair, and a young boy, Ernest is being auctioned off to the winning ticket holder. Used to adversity, since being given away by his mother, sent on a ship where he almost dies. Then under the patronage of the wealthy Mrs. Irvin, sent to a boarding school, where h...

Karen❄️ rated it ★★★★☆

August 15, 2017

This was a beautiful heartfelt novel based on the true story of a 12 year old boy who was raffled off as the prize at the 1909 Seattle World's Fair. This story starts with the boys beginning, in China, his journey and arrival to America, and his growing up in a brothel where he fell in love with...

Holly rated it ★★★★☆

August 02, 2017

I really enjoyed this book that was inspired by a true story involving an orphaned half-Chinese boy. I've always been drawn to stories involving orphans and their unique perspectives on life. One of the settings is the World's Fair in Seattle and I can't resist anything involving ferris wheels an...

Cheri rated it ★★★★☆

September 13, 2017

!! NOW AVAILABLE !! In 1909, Seattle was the time and place for the Alaskan-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. It brought more welcomed exposure of the area, a relatively unpopulated area still, following the 1905 Alaskan gold rush, and the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland. For Seattle, 1909 wa...

Liz rated it ★★★★★

August 31, 2017

This is another well done historical fiction by Jamie Ford. In 1962, the World's Fair is in Seattle. Earnest, in his mid 60s, is looking back on his life. His wife is suffering from a rare form of dementia. Like Ford’s other books, this one focuses on Americans of Chinese descent and employs a ba...

Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews rated it ★★★★★

September 12, 2017

Leaving your mother at age five, going with a stranger, and living in the bowels of a boat to America was not something anyone would wish for a child but what was done back in 1909. Yung had to leave his mother because they both were starving, and her hope was for a better life for her son. When Yu...

Dorie rated it ★★★★☆

June 15, 2017

I just had to read this as soon as I was approved for the ARC. I read “Songs of Willow Frost” and “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” and really enjoyed both of them, I was hoping this book was another winner. It is!! One of the first really good historical fiction reads of 2017, the charact...

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