Night of Many Dreams

Night of Many Dreams

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by Gail Tsukiyama
     
 

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As World War II threatens their comfortable life in Hong Kong, young Joan and Emma Lew escape with their family to spend the war years in Macao. When they return home, Emma has developed a deep interest in travel and new experiences, while Joan has turned to movies and thoughts of romance to escape the problems of ordinary life. As the girls become women, each

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As World War II threatens their comfortable life in Hong Kong, young Joan and Emma Lew escape with their family to spend the war years in Macao. When they return home, Emma has developed a deep interest in travel and new experiences, while Joan has turned to movies and thoughts of romance to escape the problems of ordinary life. As the girls become women, each follows a path different from what her family expects. But through periods of great happiness and sorrow, the sisters learn that their close-knit familytheir parents, their independent Aunt Go, and Foon, the family cookis a source of strength as they pursue their separate dreams.

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Library Journal
A work of historical fiction, Tsukiyama's (Samurai's Garden, LJ 2/15/95) latest novel contains several strong female characters. Set during the onset of the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in 1940, it first introduces readers to sisters Joan and Emma Lew, ages 14 and nine. The girls, with their servant Foon and their mother's first cousin, Auntie Go, all live "privileged" lives together in Hong Kong until they decide to flee from the imposing Japanese and emigrate to Macao, leaving their father behind to watch the family home. At the war's end, the family returns to Hong Kong with the intention of rebuilding and reclaiming their lives. Culminating in the year 1965, this novel follows its characters through 15 years of growth, maturity, and self-discovery. The ending is a bit rushed, leaving the sisters' characters slightly underdeveloped (and perhaps allowing room for a sequel?). But because Tsukiyama writes with great sensory detail, allowing her reader to touch, taste, and feel the world she creates, the work does remain a satisfying read. Recommended for Asian American and larger fiction collections.Shirley N. Quan, Orange Cty. P.L., Fountain Valley, Cal.
From the Publisher

“Delicately fashioned . . . Evocative.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Tsukiyama tells a quietly powerful and understated story of women finding their way in the world, and the strength they derive from family ties.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Grows in richness as it proceeds, a paean to the sustaining pleasures of family.” —Booklist

“Tsukiyama writes with great sensory detail, allowing her reader to touch, taste, and feel the world she creates.” —Library Journal

“With unexpected poignancy . . . Tsukiyama skillfully demonstrates how the strength of family bonds can provide spiritual sustenance.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312171940
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Pages:
275
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.59(h) x 1.01(d)

Meet the Author

Born to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father in San Francisco, Gail Tsukiyama's novels include Dreaming Water, Women of the Silk, The Language of Threads, and The Samurai's Garden. She lives in El Cerrito, California.

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Night of Many Dreams 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
___Melissa___ More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of this book, until I just noticed it on a bookshelf. I have to say I was interested from the start, and this book kept taking different directions, and the author tells the story through the eyes of each character, which gives the book a very special something! Awesome book, and I recommend it to everyone! :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
Night of many Dreams was the last book I read from Gail and I regretted I waited so long. A wonderful book of two sisters, family and friendships. I love her writing it's so hauntingly beautiful it just makes you heart ache because you want more. Gail please write another book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When asked to choose one of about seven books in english class this semester, I was doubtful if Night Of Many Dreams would really be as great as my teacher exclaimed. I am happy to say that this book is extremely good. Traveling the life of one small family through the views of three different members, in two generations, was a reading experience I loved. The historical background was enough to make the story realistic, but not so much that the book became boring and a history lesson. Teenage girls will especially enjoy this, but anyone could love this somewhat easy read about young girls growing up in Hong Kong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was recommended to this book by a friend, and before that, I had never even heard of the author. The plot wasn't intricate nor breathtaking, nor is it the psychological workings of the characters violently stirring. This story of Emma and the years of her childhood to adulthood set with the scenes of boisterous Hong Kong, friendly Macao, and abroad in San Francisco could only be depicted with a style of such grace and candor. Whenever I feel like a rest from the rush of this world, I would pick up another book by Tsukiyama and allow the lightness of her beautiful writing life me up.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
at times it seems depressing but it makes you feel good for some reason. i really enjoyed it!