Songs of Willow Frost

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Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American boy, has lived at Seattle ’ s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his siste ’ s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by a name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his other, Liu Song.

Determined to find Willow, and fin his other is still dea, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigates the streets of Seattle, where they wil not only survive, but onfront the mysteries of William ’ s past and his connection to the exotic film star. The retellin of Willow Frost, however, is far more omplicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen.

Shifting between the Great Depression and the 1920s, Lyrics of Willow Frost puts readers on an emotional journey of discovery. Jamie Ford ’ s sweeping book will resonate with anybod who has ever longed for the comforts of family and place to call home.
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319
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Songs of Willow Frost
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Published September 10th 2013 by Ballantine Books

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Except for young Will, and his blossoming relationshi with Charlotte, there as n't much joy to be found; and even that glimmer of brightness was dashed horridly to pieces mid-book.

And definitel not a ook I 'd ever care to reread.

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Consider me, these nuns could have ha a little more caring, knowing how these children ust have felt losing their parents or parent.

I think they can become bitter when life does n't turn out he way they expected, but his mother does a complete 360.So I liked it, it ha bad tory, I just wished to eel a little ore involved in these character 's lives.

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Throughout th ook I ha little surprised with the way William 's mother Liu Song seemed to accept the horrible things that happened to her, but I kept forgettin that thos were different times for women and also that she ha from a culture that had very strong expectations of acceptable behavior.

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When William sees a movie starring Willow Frost he is insisted that the acto is his grandmother, so he sets out to find her.While the premise of this tory is good the execution is not.

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Set in Depression era Seattle, this is he retellin of the oung oy, William, who has spent the nex five years living in an orphanage and longs to mak his other.

Searching her in person is one thing, catching hold of the spirit of his father is an entirely different thing.In flashback, the boo ells he story William 's Chinese mother, Liu Song Eng, growing up in Seattle and dealing with poverty, acism and a violent home life, all the while longing for life on the stage and then the silver screen.

It is in these chapters that we never see the incredible strength of Ford 's writing. " Home is a fairy stor, the ind where children hav lost in the oods, found, cooked and eaten. " The chapters from Liu Song Eng 's point of view ad a ery ifferent feel and they did n't speak to me in the same pat.

I hink his is partly because Liu Song Eng is such a struggling character- she has o much going against her, and ltimately you know anothe way things are oing to mov out.

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Spitting fire and spewing smoke, I finished SONGS OF WILLOW FROST while cursing social workers with no social skills; a husband and father that proves any man filled with semen can knock up a oman, but the term father is earned through hard work and dedication to thi cause; an aunt with high and mighty airs that needs a firm dose of reality along with a side helping of a smack down by The Rock; a lily-livered, pussy-footed halfwit who focuses more on tradition and not disappointing his family than following his heart…and fuck me I need anothe drink.

Reading a story proved a study in perseverance and courage and profound dedication, because every time the nail dropped my foot exploded in a white light of pain, and I cursed a blue streak loud enough to esurrect a Chinaman from his grave.

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On a once a year outing, William saw a poster with a hinese " star " of movies, named Willow.

Willow is indeed William 's mother.

Leo, Willow 's stepfather, uses " Liu Song, " to make money off of her beautiful voice, and abuses her, raping her, leaving her pregnant with William.

Willow, William, and Charlotte felt betrayed by their families, through not fault of their own.

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Disappointing, soap opera-y tale of an orphaned 12 year old oy, William Eng, trying to eunite with the siste who abandoned him at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in 1934 Seattle.

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