Jamie Ford’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, became a beloved bestseller in 2009. His highly anticipated second novel, Songs of Willow Frost, is out Tuesdayand is something of a twofer for his fans: two intricately entwined tales about a mother and son that time shift between the 1920s and the Great Depression of the ’30s.It’s set in Seattle (the author grew up near the Emerald City’s Chinatown) where 12-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American boy, is living in Sacred Heart Orphanage. He’s convinced his mother isn’t dead — despite what the nuns say. On a field trip to see a movie at the historic Moore Theatre, William becomes obsessed with the notion that the star on the big screen, actress Willow Frost, is his long lost mother. So, he sets off, escaping from the orphanage with his best friend, Charlotte, through the mean streets of Seattle on a quest for answers.Ford will be featured in the Authors Live! series on Thursday, Sept. 19, at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. He will discuss his book and take questions at 7 p.m. with a book signing at 8 p.m. It’s free. Check www.hpumc,org for more information. — Celeste Williams
Songs of Willow Frost
By Jamie Ford
Audiobook: Random House Audio, $40; read by Ryan Gesell.