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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.
“Will resonate with anyone who has struggled with modern love, mores and parenthood.” —USA Today
“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 Book Review
“A riveting story, eloquently written. Divakaruni’s attention to detail in descriptive passages is beautifully telling.” —The Boston Globe
“Lyrical. . . . Authentic and real. . . . The search for a mother and family identity if one that transcends cultures.” —The Oregonian
“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