Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Frost. Published by Ballantine

Based on actual events, this is the story of a 12-year-old boy named Ernest who gets the chance to attend the Seattle World’s Fair. The boy is a half Chinese orphan, so this opportunity is a dream come true. Then he discovers that he is a “prize” to be auctioned off. The winner of the lottery is a brothel owner and Ernest is expected to work as her general dogsbody. He makes friends with a maid and the brothel owner’s daughter and for the first time in his life, feels like he has a family. Fifty years later, as Seattle prepares to host its second World’s Fair, Ernest is struggling to keep his disillusioned wife happy and keep family secrets from their adult children. This is a huge, lavish story, from the glittering World’s Fair to an exclusive bordello with characters bigger than life. Highly recommended

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