Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

Love and Other Consolation Prizes

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."An evocative, heartfelt, beautifully crafted story that shines a light on a fascinating, tragic bit of forgotten history."--Kristin Hannah, author of The NightingaleFor twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to g...


Details Love and Other Consolation Prizes

TitleLove and Other Consolation Prizes
ISBN9780804176774
Author
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction
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Reviews Love and Other Consolation Prizes

  • Angela M
    2017-06-18
    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 stories are more than sweet love stories and tributes to his background; they are stories of substance. They reflect the history and society of the times of w...
  • Larry H
    2017-10-03
    "'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 worst and saddest moments in his life came at a very young age. At five years old, the illegitimate son of a white missionary and a Chinese woman, he an...
  • Carol
    2017-06-19
    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 hairpin....to meet up with a stranger and be shipped off to America.Aboard ship in the cargo hold, we learn the caring ways of young Ernest, witness his soft-hearted soul and ...
  • Diane S ☔
    2017-09-11
    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 he was the but of jokes, and an outcast. Now he finds himself won by Madame Flora and taken to live in the notorious, vice ridden, Tenderloin District.Lov...
  • Karen
    2017-08-15
    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 two different young girls. The story takes us back and forth from 1909 to the early 1960's, from him as that young boy to a older man with adult children...
  • Cheri
    2017-08-12
    !! 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 was a chance to have the attention of the world on their city. “Love and Other Consolation Prizes was inspired by the true story of an infant boy who wa...
  • Holly B
    2017-08-01
    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 and space needles! Ernest Young clings to his mother's hairpin, the only remnant he has to remind him of his mother who has given him away. He endures a ho...
  • Debra
    2017-05-29
    4.5 starsInspired by a true story, Jamie Ford has written a wonderfully moving historical novel about a boy who is auctioned off during Seattle's 1909 World Fair. Ernest was born in China to a Chinese Mother and Western Missionary Father. His Mother, unable to care for him, sells him to a man who places him on a ship with other sold or unwanted children. Eventually he reaches American and is extremely lucky to be alive - not all children survived...
  • Liz
    2017-08-31
    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 back and forth narrative between two different times. Ford draws you into his story immediately. It's always a bit of a shock what was considered accepta...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    2017-08-31
    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 Yung got to America, his name was changed to Ernest, and he spent his first few years at a school where he was always the underling even though a rich woma...
  • Debra
    2017-05-27
    4.5 starsInspired by a true story, Jamie Ford has written a wonderfully moving historical novel about a boy who is auctioned off during Seattle's 1909 World Fair. Ernest was born in China to a Chinese Mother and Western Missionary Father. His Mother, unable to care for him, sells him to a man who places him on a ship with other sold or unwanted children. Eventually he reaches American and is extremely lucky to be alive - not all children survived...
  • Dorie
    2017-06-01
    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 characters that Mr. Ford creates are so well developed, they are unique and yet relatable and believable. The novel is written between dual timelines. T...
  • Lori
    2017-08-24
    This is my favorite of Fords novels to date! I adore stories that allow elderly characters to revisit their pasts. So many amazing events happen during lifetimes that we take it for granted to ask our elders about them. I feel confident that this novel will be a huge success. 5 stars.
  • Karen
    2017-09-24
    I received this ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Set in the early 1900's, 12 yr old Ernest is raffled off at the fair and won by a madam. We follow him as he grows up in the infamous madam's house. He is befriended by the daughter of the madam and a Japanese kitchen servant. Their friendship is the first love that Ernest has ever known.I loved the way Ford weaves fact with fiction. I would definitely recommend this book. Must Read...
  • Bkwmlee
    2017-04-27
    When I finished reading Jamie Ford’s newest novel Love and Other Consolation Prizes, the first words that came into my mind were “heartbreaking” and “heartwarming.” I felt both emotions strongly throughout the time I was immersed in the story of Ernest Young, an elderly man in his 60s when the story begins in 1962, and his beloved wife Gracie, who is suffering from memory loss and barely remembers who her husband is. As Ernest stands ou...
  • Bam
    2017-09-12
    What an unusual premise for a story: an orphan boy is raffled off as the prize in a lottery at a world's fair! Good grief! And believe it or not, that actually happened at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, WA in 1909. In real life, the child was a one-month-old baby boy named Ernest. The winning ticket was drawn but no one ever claimed the prize and it is not known what happened to the infant. Jamie Ford uses this amazing true occur...
  • Dianne
    2017-08-16
    This is the love story you have been looking for. Sweet, simple and enduring, this is a tale of love in all of its forms as we follow one small boy on an amazing journey through life, from his innocent beginnings in China across an ocean in the belly of a ship to his new life in the United States, where he found love, friends and family that would endure throughout the decades of his life.Set in Seattle, and spanning over 60 years, history will c...
  • Stacey
    2017-11-28
    4.5 I really liked Ford’s previous novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet so when I saw he had a new novel, I was very excited to read it. Plus, with the Seattle setting I couldn’t go wrong. What I like about Ford’s writing is that historical details come to life.Ernest is sent to the United States from China for a better life. He is adopted to a well-off family, but he never really fits in. He attends the 1909 World’s Fair in Sea...
  • Dorie
    2017-08-12
    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 characters that Mr. Ford creates are so well developed, they are unique and yet relatable and believable. The novel is written between dual timelines. T...
  • ☮Karen
    2017-05-06
    The story starts with Ernest Young as a small boy after his Chinese mother has sent him sailing for a better life in America, where he is auctioned off at the 1909 Seattle Exposition.* That piece of history, that such a thing really happened, is a troubling one to be sure and was one of the more interesting aspects. But this is one of those times when I felt that the concept of a story was lost in the execution of it. The pace was uneven, slow to...
  • Marialyce
    2017-05-17
    4.5 starsThanks to NetGallery and Ballantine Books for the advanced copy of this book for an unbiased review.Life takes you in many different directions and it is often how you take to its direction that determines the path you will follow. In Jamie Ford's new novel Love and Other Consolation Prizes, this is so evident. In it we follow the life of a young Chinese boy Ernest Young, who is transported to America, on board a ship destined to land in...
  • Karen
    2017-09-17
    Another beautifully written story by Jamie Ford. I was drawn into Ernest Young’s world immediately. After Ernest’s mother abandons him, the 12-year old is raffled off at the World’s Fair. His life takes quite a turn when the woman who ‘wins’ him, a renowned madam of a high class brothel in the redlight district, puts him to work as her brothel’s houseboy. Oh, what that boy sees, hears and learns along the way - such a great ride!As ti...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2017-07-20
    Ford's debut novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was one of my absolute favorite reads, not only of the year I read it but one I still think about and consider in my top reads of all time, so it was no wonder how crazy excited I got when I saw he had another release coming out and in the same vein as his first. I don't think I've ever hit a request button so quickly as I did for it. In fact I stalked Netgalley until it was available bec...
  • Stephanie Anze
    2018-04-09
    "Healthy Boy to good home for the winning ticket holder."Ernest Young has had a tough life. He may just be twelve years old but already has suffered after being sent from China to America in the cargo zone of a ship as an infant (along with other children), then becoming a ward of the state in Washington and not have any place to call home. But in a cruel twist of fate, Ernest's life is about to take a hard hit as he learns that he is the "prize"...
  • Diana
    2018-06-06
    Jamie Ford has done it again. I remember after finishing Hotel on the Corner or Bitter and Sweet how it lingered in my mind long after I finished it. Love and Other Consolation Prizes has had the same effect on me. Ford finds interesting points in history to weave into his fiction in such a way that I am glued to the pages. His “then and now” method of storytelling only reels me in even further. Beautiful writing and memorable read.
  • Tina Woodbury
    2017-08-18
    For all of my reviews: www.readingbetweenthepagesblog.wordpr...This book is sad at times, but also very heartfelt and inspirational. It is based on a true story, which is one of my favorite types of books to read.Juju finds a newspaper clipping from The Kennewick Courier.Seattle – A boy, the charge of the Washington Children’s Home Society, was one of the prizes offered at the exposition. His name is Ernest and maybe he will have a surname if...
  • Laurie Reilly
    2018-01-20
    Historical Fiction at Its Absolute BestSome authors are great storytellers. Some can skillfully transport you to a time and place in history. Jamie Ford does both in Love and Other Consolation Prizes. His research is impeccable. The backdrop of his tale is the 1909 World's Fair in Seattle, Washington. He describes many specific attractions at the fair - hot air balloon rides, babies in incubators, and the controversial queen of the fair who was (...
  • Faith
    2018-02-18
    The book begins at the 1962 World's Fair, as Ernest (now in his 60s) is looking back on what brought him to America and his marriage to Gracie who has developed dementia. Ernest's impoverished and dying mother sent him to America in 1902 when he was 5 years old. As a half caste child he didn't completely fit in in either China or America. He wound up in a children's home in Seattle, Washington where he was educated until 1909. After he expressed ...
  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    2017-06-07
    An achingly sad tale based on a true story. Ernest Young, now in his 60's recounts to his daughter Jujuhis tragic, impoverished young life as a half Chinese orphan who was once sold to the highest bidder at The Seattle World's Fair 1909. His mother dying of starvation one day gives Ernest away to a man who bounds him on a ship to America where he finds himself auctioned off to Madame Flora. Once settled at Madame's house of ill repute Ernest fina...
  • Laura
    2017-05-03
    This is fascinating tale of what could have happened to a child raffled off at Seattle's World Fair in 1909. The story centers around a young Chinese boy sent from southern China and the struggles and challenges throughout his life. He ends up living and working in a brothel and falls in love with two young women whose choices in life are extremely limited in a society where the poor, ethnic, women, and children have no value. The book is rich wi...