Queen of Dreams Chitra Divakaruni's engaging sixth novel has two narrators: Rakhi, an irritable Berkeley artist, single mom, and chai teahouse co-owner struggling to keep it together despite… Queen of Dreams Chitra Divakaruni's engaging sixth novel has two narrators: Rakhi, an irritable Berkeley artist, single mom, and chai teahouse co-owner struggling to keep it together despite… 2004-09-14 Fiction Doubleday
Book Review

Queen Of Dreams (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 14, 2004; Writer: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Doubleday

Chitra Divakaruni's engaging sixth novel has two narrators: Rakhi, an irritable Berkeley artist, single mom, and chai teahouse co-owner struggling to keep it together despite an annoying ex-husband and competition from a Starbucks-like franchise; and her unnamed mother, a haunted dream teller who irks Rakhi by refusing to share details of her past. Divakaruni weaves in and out of the dream world, a bygone India, and modern California to tell the mother-daughter stories with lilting, lyrical ease. Despite a contrived 9/11 episode and a hasty ending, Queen of Dreams enchants as much with its flashes of fancy as it does with its fresh spin on cultural identity, family, and redemption.

Originally posted Sep 24, 2004 Published in issue #785 Sep 24, 2004 Order article reprints
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