Book Review of Dreaming Water

Dreaming Water
Dreaming Water
Author: Gail Tsukiyama
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Substores
Book Type: Hardcover
reviewed on
Helpful Score: 1


Dreaming Water is an exploration of two of the richest and most layered human connections that exists: 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 38, Hana has the appearance of an 80. 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. Both are drawn into the past, remembering the joyous and challenging events that have shaped them; spending the days at Max's favorite beach, overcoming their neighbor's prejudices that Max was Japanese-American and Cate, 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 work collides with Hana and Cate's daily routine, the store really begins.

This 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.