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Dreaming Water
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Manufacturer: St. Martin's Griffin
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 813.54
EAN: 9780312316082
ISBN: 0312316089
Label: St. Martin's Griffin
Manufacturer: St. Martin's Griffin
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2003-05-01
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: 2003-05-01
Studio: St. Martin's Griffin

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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.



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Summary: The Nature of Loss
Comment: This is the first book I've read by this author and it was passed to me by a friend who had enjoyed it. I think it is one of the finest stories I've read on the nature of loss in all its forms and how it is experienced by everyone that is touched by loss. Max lost his freedom; Cate lost her dream of a perfect life; Hana lost her dream of a future; Laura lost her dream of a marriage; Josephine lost her dream of a family that was whole. I particularly enjoyed the transitions in the book - how a situation in the present linked to a memory of the past.

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Summary: She did it again!
Comment: What a wonderful story! I have read most of Gail Tsukiyama's books and this is second to the Samurai Garden.


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Summary: Dreaming Water
Comment: Gail's writing is again wonderful in this in book, but I found the book disappointing due to a lack of closure. I felt the book led you up to a particular point in the life of the character's and then left you wondering in the end what the message was meant to be. I almost felt as if the writer wasn't brave enough enough to tell you the ending to a tragic, yet hopeful story. I can only compare this book to the Samurai's Garden since I haven't read a third book by this author yet, and I loved the Samari's Garden! So I was surprised that this book lacked closure at the end. I am not sorry that I read this book due to the fact that I enjoy the author's style of writing.

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Summary: Dreaming Water - More Like A Nightmare
Comment: Having read all of Gail Tsukiyama's other books, and loving them, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Dreaming Water. It was a huge disappointment, a simply depressing story, with no imagination. To keep to her beautiful story telling, I think Ms. Tsukiyama should stick to the asian background of her previous novels.

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Summary: Nothing happens!
Comment: If you are a reader who enjoys PLOT in a book, don't pick this one up. Sure it's good! Sure it has its beautiful moments. THe story certainly pulls you in & you get to know the characters..... but frankly, it is a little boring!!! I wondered aloud some of the time why I was even reading it. I would keep thinking, "SOMETHING will happen this next chapter." BUt pretty much nothing ever does. Expecting a big ending, then, as a nice climactic finish? Don't get your hopes up.


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