Announcement – Jamie Ford New Book in September
April 18, 2017
How exciting that the next Jamie Ford title, Love and Other Consolation Prizes, is coming out this September 12th! His first two, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (2009) and Songs of Willow Frost (2013), have each circulated over 2500 times, so I am starting with a significant order which should be in the catalog very shortly. It looks like the ebook is already in the catalog and I’ll purchase the eAudio proactively now.
So sorry I haven’t yet nabbed an ARC for this (but I’ll try to get more on here). However, there is a Goodreads raffle for 50 ARCs that still has fewer than a 1000 entries, so just saying.
UPDATE: I am getting a couple ARCs of these from our Random House rep. Stay tuned for availability. I’ll post separately.
Ford, Jamie. Love and Other Consolation Prizes. Ballantine, Sept 12, 2017.
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.