Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Published 13 September 2013 Allison & Busby
WARNING: You may need tissues when reading this book
William Eng was left at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Seattle when he was seven years old. As a Chinese-American boy in the 1930s, he had no hope of adoption but plenty of memories of his mother; his ah-ma.
On a birthday trip to the movies, William sees on screen a beautiful Chinese actress named Willow Frost and is convinced she is his mother. Determined to find her, William runs away.
Ford deftly weaves the past and present together to form a very touching, poignant novel about love, loss and family. It is a wonderful portrayal of life for Chinese immigrants and Chinese-Americans at this time.
Songs of Willow Frost is a very special novel.