Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford, Out Sept. 12
From the author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes Love and Other Consolation Prizes, a novel inspired by the true story of a child who was auctioned off at the 1909 World Fair. When 12-year-old Ernest, a half-Chinese orphan, finds himself at the Seattle World Fair, it feels like a prize. But he soon discovers that he is, indeed, the prize and will be auctioned off "to a good home." But the winning ticket goes to the madam of a high-class brothel. Fifty years later, Seattle is hosting the World Fair once again, and Ernest must balance his past with his present.