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Author Event: Jamie Ford
February 26, 2019 @ 6:30pm
Tuesday, February 26th At 6:30pm – Author Event with Jamie Ford for Love and Other Consolation Prizes at Country Bookshelf
Join author Jamie Ford to for a reading and discussion of the One Book One Bozeman selection, Love and Other Consolation Prizes. Montana author Jamie Ford is the New York Times Bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. His newest book – Love and Other Consolation Prizes — 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. 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.