Night of Many Dreams
As World War II threatens their comfortable life in Hong Kong, young Joan and Emma Lew escape with their family to spend the war years in Macao. When they return home, Emma develops a deep interest in travel and sets her sights on an artistic life in San Francisco, while Joan turns to movies and thoughts of romance to escape the pressures of her real life. As the girls bec...more
I fell in ... admiration... of Gail Tsukiyama's books when I first read Women of the Silk. From there I picked up a book here and there; usually when I noticed them on the shelves at the bookstore or at Costco. I never went out of my way to hunt them down.
Her books are not rip-roaring thrillers or slash 'em up horrors or even remotely fantasy relate...more
I enjoyed the differing perspectives and the background descriptions. I love being taken back in time, and the author delivers, painting vivid images of Hong Kong, Macau and San Francisco from days gone by. In fact, since read...more
In our world sibling relationships usually DO NOT work out. In my family there are fights and screaming and meltdowns. But we all love each other. Like batteries, opposites attract...more
"Two sisters...separate lives...one family that binds them together forever.
Emma and Joan are the two daughters of the Lew family, coming of age during and after the turbulent years of World War II. Beautiful elder sister Joan hopes for a traditional family life, but through a series of troubled relationships begins a career as a Chinese film actress. Emma, inspired by the independence of her Aunt Go,...more
Over the years, the family changes as the daughters grow and take paths that differ from what their mother expected. It’s not an action pac...more
I also loved the description on Foon's cooking. It made me hungry!This novel took place from 1940-1965 and dealt with women's independence vs. societies pressure of getting married. I saw many connections to the pressures of today with women being more...more
It was a very good story about growing up in Hong Kong. A mother who played mah-jongg daily and
decided to be a matchmaker for her daughter. Auntie Go who owned her a Knitting Factory and her
Ba Ba who had an import/export business in Japan and Hong Kong. The story revolves around the family as each one help raise the girls to be successful, beautiful women.
That is not to say they are entirely formulaic...there are still plots to unravel, real historical events to be better understood and all against a backdrop that the reader can see, taste and feel.