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Queen Of Dreams [Paperback]

Chitra Divakaruni
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3 Nov 2005

In QUEEN OF DREAMS, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni once more spins a fresh, spellbinding story of transformation.

Rakhi, a young artist and divorced mother living in Berkeley, California, is struggling to keep her footing, with her family and her world in alarming transition. Her mother is a dream-teller, born with the ability to share and interpret the dreams of others, to foresee and guide them through their fates. This gift fascinates Rakhi, but also isolates her from her mother's past in India and the dream world she inhabits, and she longs for something to bring them closer. Caught beneath the burden of her painful secret, Rakhi's solace comes in the discovery, after her mother's death, of her dream journals, which begin to open the long-closed doors to her past. As Rakhi's mother writes 'A dream is a telegram from the hidden world'.

In lush elegant prose, Divakaruni has crafted a vivid and enduring dream that reveals hidden truths about the world we live in, from which readers will be reluctant to wake.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (3 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349119414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349119410
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The award-winning author of MISTRESS OF SPICES and SISTER OF MY HEART returns with a luminous novel in her signature style - a tale of family, love, and identity, and the mystical story of a woman caught between two worlds.

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of the bestselling novels THE MISTRESS OF SPICES and SISTER OF MY HEART, the prizewinning story collections ARRANGED MARRIAGE and THE UNKNOWN ERRORS OF OUR LIVES. She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and divides her time between Houston and the San Francisco Bay area.

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Queen of Dreams is a beautifully written gem of a novel. Full of provocative insights, and timely observations on marriage, family, racism, and the immigrant experience, the novel effectively chronicles the lives of a Bengali immigrant family living in California on the eve of September 11th 2001. Elegant is style and tone, the story centers around a woman caught between the real world that is crumbling around her and her mother's infectious and mysterious dream world.
The narrative alternates between Rakhi, who was born in the United States and her mother, Mrs. Gupta, who emigrated from India. Mrs. Gupta has a unique talent - she's a dream teller; she has the ability to translate dreams - be it her own or others. She is driven by the ability to help others through their dreams, having learned the technique from her childhood in India. Without a doubt Rakhi is American but a feeling of belonging to her birth land constantly haunts her. She is married and newly separated from Sonny, a young, carefree disc jockey, and she cares for Jona, their young daughter. One night Sonny left her to fend for herself at a dance party, and she has never forgiven him; she never told her family about it and the incident contributed to their separation.
Rakhi owns The Chai House, a small café, and Belle, her spunky girlfriend helps her run it. Rakhi is also a painter and hopes, one day to be discovered. But when a rival café opens on the opposite side of the street, and her mother dies in a fatal crash, she has to use all the resources at her disposal to save her flailing business, and repair the strained relationship with her daughter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 15 Dec 2013
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Have read a few of Chitra's books. This is not the best I have ever read but was quite enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sorry, cannot help 11 Oct 2014
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I bought this for a friend--did not read it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful. 17 Nov 2011
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Something really different to entertain a confirmed bookaholic like me. Kept me entertained from start to, much too early, finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magic book 19 Dec 2005
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This is a magic book, text dissapear and appear. So when you're finished you can go back and read more. :-)
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