By Jamie Ford
“An evocative, heartfelt, fantastically crafted tale that shines a gentle on a desirable, tragic little bit of forgotten history.”—Kristin Hannah, writer of The Nightingale
For twelve-year-old Ernest younger, a charity pupil at a boarding university, the opportunity to visit the World’s reasonable seems like a present. yet just once he’s there, amid the unique indicates, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he observe that he is the one that is admittedly the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to profit he'll be raffled off—a fit boy “to a very good home.”
The successful price ticket belongs to the fancy madam of a high-class brothel, well-known for teaching her women. There, Ernest turns into the recent houseboy and befriends Maisie, the madam’s precocious daughter, and a daring scullery maid named Fahn. Their friendship and affection shape the 1st genuine family members Ernest has ever known—and opposed to all odds, this new carrying lifestyles supplies him the experience of domestic he’s consistently desired.
yet because the grande dame succumbs to an occupational danger and their international of finery starts to disintegrate, all 3 needs to grapple with wish, ambition, and primary love.
Fifty years later, within the shadow of Seattle’s moment World’s reasonable, Ernest struggles to assist his in poor health spouse reconcile who she as soon as used to be with who she desired to be, whereas attempting to continue family members secrets and techniques hidden from their grown-up daughters.
opposed to a wealthy backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and party, Love and different Consolations is a fascinating story approximately innocence and devotion—in a global the place every thing, and everybody, is for sale.
Praise for Love and different comfort Prizes
“Exciting . . . [Jamie] Ford captures the fun of first kisses and the surprise of unveiling long-hidden affairs.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Strong . . . A laudable attempt that shines gentle on little recognized histories.”—Library Journal
“Poignant . . . Vibrantly rendered.”—Booklist
“Combining wealthy narrative and literary traits, the e-book achieves a multi-faceted emotional resonance. it truly is by means of turns heart-rending, tragic, stressful, sanguine, hot, and life-affirming. Perceptive subject matters that run all through culminate on the finish. a real tale from the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition encouraged this very soaking up and relocating novel. hugely recommended.”—Historical Novel Society (Editors’ choice)
“Ford is a grasp at shining mild into darkish, forgotten corners of historical past and revealing the main unforeseen and relatable human threads. . . . a stunning and enchanting tale of resilience and the various variations of love.”—Jessica Shattuck, writer of The girls within the Castle
“All the attraction and heartbreak of Hotel at the nook of sour and candy . . . Based on a real tale, Love and different comfort Prizes will hot your soul.”—Martha corridor Kelly, writer of Lilac Girls
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Love and Other Consolation Prizes: A Novel by Jamie Ford