Love and Other Consolation Prizes
On Sale: June 19, 2018
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Historical | Women's Fiction Historical
Inspired by a true story, a powerful novel about an
orphan boy who is raffled off at Seattle’s 1909 World
Fair, and the friends who teach him what it really means
to have a family, from the author of Hotel on the Corner
of Bitter and Sweet.
This is the unforgettable story of a young boy named
Ernest, set during the 1909 Seattle world’s fair called
the Alaska Yukon Pacific Expo. It is a time when the
magical wonders of technology on display at the expo
future seems limitless. But for Ernest, a half-Chinese
orphan who found his way to America through a last
desperate act of his beloved mother, every door is closed.
A charity student at a boarding school, he has never
really had a place to call home. Then one day, his wealthy
sponsor announces that if a home is what he wants, then
that is what he will have: Ernest will be offered as a
prize in the daily raffle at the fair, advertised as
“Healthy boy to a good home for the winning ticket
holder.” The woman who “wins” him is the madam of a
notorious brothel who was famous for educating her girls.
He becomes a houseboy in her brothel and is befriended by
the daughter of the madam, as well as a Japanese girl who
works in the kitchen. The friendship and love between
these three form the first real family Ernest has ever
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