Dreaming Water: A Novel

Dreaming Water: A Novel

by Gail Tsukiyama
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Dreaming Water: A Novel by Gail Tsukiyama

Bestselling author Gail Tsukiyama is known for her poignant, subtle insights into the most complicated of relationships. Dreaming Water is an exploration of two of the richest and most layered human connections that exist: mother and daughter and lifelong friends.

Hana is suffering from Werner's syndrome, a disease that makes a person age at twice the rate of a healthy individual: at thirty-eight Hana has the appearance of an eighty-year-old. Cate, her mother, is caring for her while struggling with her grief at losing her husband, Max, and with the knowledge that Hana's disease is getting worse by the day.

Hana and Cate's days are quiet and ordered. Cate escapes to her beloved garden and Hana reads and writes letters. Each find themselves drawn into their pasts, remembering the joyous and challenging events that have shaped them: spending the day at Max's favorite beach, overcoming their neighbors' prejudices that Max is Japanese-American and Cate is Italian-American, and coping with the heartbreak of discovering Hana's disease.

One of the great joys of Hana's life has been her relationship with her beautiful, successful best friend Laura. Laura has moved to New York from their hometown in California and has two daughters, Josephine and Camille. She has not been home in years and begs Hana to let her bring her daughters to meet her, feeling that Josephine, in particular, needs to have Hana in her life. Despite Hana's latest refusal, Laura decides to come anyway. When Laura's loud, energetic, and troubled world collides with Hana and Cate's daily routine, the story really begins.

Dreaming Water is about a mother's courage, a daughter's strength, and a friend's love. It is about the importance of human dignity and the importance of all the small moments that create a life worth living.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429909723
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/01/2003
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 409,489
File size: 346 KB

About the Author

Gail Tsukiyama is the author of The Language of Threads, Night of Many Dreams, The Samurai's Garden, and Women of the Silk. She lives in El Cerrito, California.

Born to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father in San Francisco, Gail Tsukiyama now lives in El Cerrito, California. Her novels include Dreaming Water, The Language of Threads, The Samurai's Garden, and Night of Many Dreams.

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Dreaming Water 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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bongie More than 1 year ago
A great read as all Gail Tsukiyama's books are. I love each one and sometimes read them twice. You will learn about this terrible disease from the heart and soul and as a mother.
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pjpick More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for an exciting, action packed book this will not be the book choice for you. How would I describe it? My description would be contradictory at best: somewhat sad but uplifting. While others might describe it as "depressing" I disagree with them because I think the integrity and strength of the characters far outweighs the melancholic areas of this story. As this is only my second of Tsukiyama's books it is refreshing to find stories with honorable characters
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Gail Tsukiyama has such a beautiful way with words. Her way of introducing and describing her characters are some of the best I have ever read. She repeats a lot in this novel, but still a very readable and satisfying book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful story. The reader gets right into the mother-daughter relationship. The expereinces are not one which most mothers go through but, it still felt very real. This is one of Gail's bests!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an easy read from start to finish. I usually prefer books with a little more 'meat', but this one was very satisfying. It is told through the view of three different characters and I enjoyed reading and learning about each of them.