Queen of Dreams
By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
(Anchor, Paperback, 9781400030446, 352pp.)
Publication Date: October 11, 2005
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From the bestselling author of Sister of My Heart comes a spellbinding tale of mothers and daughters, love and cultural identity. Rakhi, a young painter and single mother, is struggling to come to terms with her relationship with ex-husband Sonny, a hip Bay Area DJ, and with her dream-teller mother, who has rarely spoken about her past or her native India. Rakhi has her hands full, juggling a creative dry spell, raising her daughter, and trying to save the Berkeley teahouse she and her best friend Belle own. But greater challenges are to come. When a national tragedy turns her world upside down and Rakhi needs her mother’s strength and wisdom more than ever, she loses her in a freak car accident. But uncovering her mother’s dream journals allows Rakhi to discover her mother’s long-kept secrets and sacrifices–and ultimately to confront her fears, forge a new relationship with her father, and revisit Sonny’s place in her heart.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of the bestselling novels The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and The Vine of Desire; the prize-winning story collections Arranged Marriage and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives; and four acclaimed volumes of poetry. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., Zoetrope, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Stories and The New York Times. She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and divides her time between Houston and the San Francisco area. Her Web site is www.chitradivakaruni.com.
"Will resonate with anyone who has struggled with modern love, mores and parenthood." --USA Today“Enchants as much with its flashes of fancy as it does with its fresh spin on cultural identity, family, and redemption.” --Entertainment Weekly“Divakaruni’s book shines . . . in its examination of the subtle, extrasensory connections between mothers and daughters that continue to develop even after death divides them.”--Los Angeles Times“Magical. . . . In lyrical, poetic prose, Divakaruni manages to be hopeful without offering false reassurances, showing how identity--both individual and communal--is equally shaped by loss and creation.” --San Francisco Chronicle"A masala of page-turning addiction." —The Baltimore Sun