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After the death of her Japanese American mother, sixty-four-year-old Anne Kuroda Duppstadt finds the courage to confront the toxic legacy of her father, a famous artist and cruel narcissist. When a former art professor invites her to his island art studio, she begins pursuing her lifelong dream to become an artist in her own right. But the needs of her family tug at her he ...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Endicott & Hugh Books (first published 2009)
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Jennifer
This book really hit a chord with me. As a woman who is struggling to identify who I am and what I should be doing with my life, I really fell in love with the characters in this book. It allowed me to reflect on my own life and come to the realization that it is never to late to follow your dreams. No matter what struggles are put in your way, a person should always follow their heart and do what makes him or her happy. I commend the author for creating such well-rounded characters who face the ...more
Susan
Recommended for anyone who grew up with a narcissistic parent, especially one who shared the same talent. It's bad enough fending for one's self when your father believes himself to be the center of the world. But if you, like the main character in this novel, exhibit talent for your father's own field, beware of getting shot down, humiliated and belittled in order for your father to maintain his supremacy. In the novel, the father is a painter and the daughter waits until her 60s to explore her ...more
Milka
I really thought this book would be boring and one of those books I cannot finish. The cause of that thought is the fact that I knew that the book will be about 60 something woman, does not sound very interesting for a young reader like me. I am happy to say that I totally disagree with my first thought now when I have read the book.

Annie seems to be the perfect wife, perfect mother and otherwise perfect. She really is, I think she is adorable character. I love the fact that even though Annie se
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Jennifer
From My Blog...[return][return][return]The Love Ceiling by Jean Davies Okimoto is a beautiful, engaging and moving novel about two women, 64-year-old Anne Duppstadt and her 32-year-old daughter Cass, each struggling to discover who they are. Annie has unresolved issues with her narcissistic father, dealing with the aftermath of her mother's recent death, doting on her grandson, worrying about her daughter, and hoping to fill a void in her life. Cass is in a failing relationship and is struggling ...more
Barbara Mitchell
I'm really on a roll lately, having read several books I could recommend wholeheartedly. This latest one is the story of Annie Duppstadt, a woman of 64 whose life has been ordered by the people she loves and by her father, the man she tries to love but can't. Her father is an egotistic artist who destroyed her artwork when she was a child, thereby convincing her she wasn't talented enough. He has treated Annie and her mother terribly. Her beloved mother, shortly before her death, makes Annie pro ...more
Marti
This was our group read for the Month of September. We found the book in the Independent Reader's Guide for Book Groups. It was a very good book. The main characters were well conceived. To me they were the driving force at the beginning of the book. I found myself forming a strong bond with Annie... I wanted her to be able to paint. I was upset at each family intrusion and wanted to help her push them all to the back. Annie is a stronger character than she thought, but I suspect all of us are i ...more
Laura
I really liked this book and thought it was originally going to be boring, centering on a female character that is in her sixties. In fact, I found it quite the opposite and it has a little bit of everything in it. Almost every character in this book has some sort of inner conflict. The main character Annie has the most conflict of all, a husband who does not know what to do with his life, a daughter who returns after she has her heart broken by a cheating heart, and her mean spirited father. Th ...more
Dan
I won this book on LibraryThing.
After reading this book, I have to say that I enjoyed reading it very much. Having lived in the Seattle area for three years, where the story took place, I could really relate to a lot of the subject material.
Now here lies the problem: it took me over a week to read this 300 pager, about twice as long as it should, and the reason was not that this book was boring, (it certainly wasn't), but the story made me daydream throughout most of the book, because it touch
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Joel
I did enjoy reading this book. Being from the Seattle area, I enjoyed all the references to the local landmarks and the story truly seemed like a real life experience. The only thing I didn't like was that it did take awhile to really get into the book. The first few chapters seemed to jump around a bit and not flow as well as the later chapters did where the story really was developed wonderfully around Annie. Other than than the very beginning it was a great read. :)
Mpharris1
I was disappointed in this book because it came recommended. It was the story of a woman with a famous artist for a father. He is an SOB and she never pursues her own talent because of it. She comes into her own after the death of her mother as her own daughter faces her own crisis. Not much more to say about this.
Bea
This story is about a lady who thinks she can be an artist and has always wanted to try it, but has always deferred to her abusive, famous artist father, who has always cruelly told her she had no talent. Not great, but interesting enough to finish.
Dylan Okimoto
Beautifully crafted, inspiring story, appealing to multiple generations. I agree wholeheartedly with the King County Library System's recommendation as one of the top ten books of the season.
Janet
I enjoyed this book very much. The author developed a good story line and I cared about this family and their lives. Knowing the Seattle area it was easy to feel close to the action.
Vickie
I liked this book a lot. Of course, it's about a woman in close to my age group. I don't have all of her issues but I understand what she means by the love ceiling.
Lisa
I wanted more about the relationship between Annie and her father. It often felt like I was getting entirely too much extra info.
Connie
Written by a friend of mine. This book will resonate with women who feel torn between family demands and their own creativity.
Marie
characters are shallow at first, but got better as it went on, good ending.
Joanne
Great story, read it quickly on the patio.
Cathy
Predictable.
Susan
Loved it !
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“I’ve always had an appreciation for the constant balancing act between career and family and for women in the arts it can be a high wire act.”

Okimoto, who was born in 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio, knows of what she speaks. An acclaimed children’s author, playwright, retired psychotherapist, wife, mother, and grandmother, she has worn many hats since Putnam published her first book in 1978.

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