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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,443 ratings  ·  222 reviews
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 ...more
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Published October 11th 2005 by Anchor (first published September 14th 2004)
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'Queen of Dreams' another mystical creation from the magical pen of Divakaruni... infact her name itself holds the mysticism, secrets & wonderful traditions of India. She is definitely a mistress of story telling and weaves fantasy & reality so beautifully that you seamlessly flow into the waves of the story. She has in her earlier works touched various aspects on Indian fantasy tales & weaved them into the so different American world. How the magical power bearers come looking for a ...more
Annisa Nuraida
Oct 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Once again i have built a nonsense relation with a book, that usually ends up with returning the book to the shelf before even finished it.
Reading the early pages of Queen of Dreams, led me to the nuance of the dim early morning light in Harafish, and the intangible mysery that filled the air like in Sister of My Heart. Its the feeling that always come over me everytime i read Mahfouz or Divakaruni. But even so, each of them has their own beauty. A different beauty in each reading.
By reading the
Bhargavi Balachandran
Chitra Banerjee's book ,Queen of the dreams is deeply unsettling..There are no other words to describe the eerie feeling that shrouds me after i finish the book..
I got hooked on to her writing after Palace of Illusions and picked this one up by chance. The themes might be different,but the writing style is just the same.The same flowery language and the poetic narration with rich visual imagery that i found in Palace of Illusions is there in Queen of Dreams.

Rakhi is a single mother,a struggling
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This the the first book I've read by Divakaruni, but I assure you it won't be the last! I think I have found a new favorite author...

The Queen of Dreams is so poetically, eloquently written that I literally drifted through one page after another. I floated through the lives of Rakhi, Indian-American artist, and her mother, a Bengali dream teller. Both characters are beautifully and breathtakingly written. They each exist in a sort of limbo: Rakhi born in America but always longing for the
Melanie  Hilliard
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Initially I was disappointed in this book and was not too fond of the main character. However about half way through the book, the different areas of her life start coming together and suddenly it becomes clear. This is a great book that asks a great deal about the role of family, destiny and dreams. It's also a wonderful illustration of what it means to be American and that an American does not necessarily have to be white.
Jas Deol
Nov 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
i enjoyed the prose and concept. in some instances, i was bored. i loved the writing but the ending was lame.
Kat Ward
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Words are tricky.

My mother had tried to teach me this. Once when I was persteringly insistent with my questions, she said, 'Everyone breathes in air, but its a wise person who knows when to use that air to speak and when to exhale in silence.' "

Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is about a young, rudderless woman raising a smart and innately aware young girl; a young woman clinging to her bitterness and to the fable that her ex-husband is the bad guy in every scenario; and a young
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this after seeing Mistress of Spices, and for a while it looked like another tale where realities of India are dressed up in extraordinarily exotic garb hiding the reality that is far more complex and beautiful, because the readership in west is unable to take in the latter and is going to think the former anyway.

And then came the scenes describing those racist attacks, phenomena that was heard all the way in India - not in main news, even though it concerned India's own people, but in
Marcy prager
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the second book I read by Chitra Banerjee. After the first book, I bought all of Chitra's books. This one drew me in, and kept me engaged by the mystery of the man wearing white, who shows up at unexpected times, one time when the dreamer is killed in a car accident as she chases a man wearing white in a black car...

I was fascinated by the mother, the "dreamer" who dreams the troubles that people have, and the horrific events that are about to occur, and she reaches out to warn
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fascinating read about immigrant daughters, mother-daughter relationships that are strained, and the life of an artist struggling to be fresh, new, and pulled in too many different directions.

The book is written from two different viewpoints--the daughter's and mother's. * * *[Spoiler alert] * * * After the mother dies, the daughter asks her father to translate her mother's journals. She discovers that her mother was a dream-teller, an exalted position of oracle in India. Here in the US, she
Cheyenne Blue
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The question was: could this book possibly measure up to "Mistress of Spices", the author's earlier novel?

Well, the short answer is "No", but that doesn't mean "Queen of Dreams" isn't worthwhile. Divakaruni writes about first generation Indian women in America, and there's often a touch of the mystical mingled in with discomfort, difficulties and yearning for India. "Queen of Dreams" is about Rikhi, daughter of a dream teller. Rikhi and her friend, Belle, run an Indian chai house in San
Andrea Ika
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Queen of dreams, the focus is on relationships, mostly between a mother, Mrs. Gupta, and her adult daughter Rahki

Rakhi yearns to understand her mother, a dreamer who insists on keeping her at arm's length. She struggles with her relationship with her ex-husband, which went downhill after he once failed to live up to her expectations and protect her the way she felt he should. Her mother, though distant, has always protected her. When she dies in a car crash, Rakhi and her father find a stash
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2013
It has been a while since I have read any books by Divakaruni. Queen of Dreams popped up on my library's Kindle site, and I decided to check it out. I am so glad I did because I have not had such a mesmerizing read in months! This book is definitely not for everyone though. It is mystical and magical and full of coincidences which really are not coincidences. Readers who have to like the main character (something I have never understood) will have problems with this book. The main character is ...more
Aug 20, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I love Divakaruni's writing. She has once again proved herself to be a master storyteller. She writes such fascinating stories with such wonderful characters and prose. This is the third book that I've read by her and loved.

Rakhi is the central character here along with her mother. To be honest I didn't really like Rakhi's character at first. I felt that she never took responsibility for the way her life was going and she chose instead to blame everything on her ex-husband Sonny or her mother.
This was my first book by the Author and it was just about an ok read.
The protagonist is a very, if I may say so, cynical character. Throughout the book, I could her a voice in my head saying that the narrative won't get better, but i kept going at it against all hope. The voice was right.

The novel is not one big story, it's a collection of the lives of several people, all of them connected through one person - Rakhi. Things happen, things don't happen, you think that things are happening but
Bookmarks Magazine

The word magical gets thrown around a little too casually in review circles, but when it comes to Divakaruni's new novel, the description seems apt. More cynical reviewers feel the plot is contrived and the characters hollow. The book's boosters praise Divakaruni's descriptive skills, shifting point of view, and acute presentation of Indian-American culture. The mother's eponymous dreams, presented in separate chapters, add complexity to the narrative structure and drop a heavy dose of mysticism

Mary Jo Malo
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dreams lost, dreams found, dreams sought after, dreams unbidden, dreams deferred and dreams answered though not always how we imagine!
David Raz
Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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By now, I should have known what to expect. I read and enjoyed The Mistress of Spices but every book I read after that one was a disappointment. From some reason, I keep reading them though I should know by now that this is not an author I enjoy.
I will start with what I do enjoy and why I do come back for more, which is the ethereal, dreamy fantasy that Divakaruni so gracefully depicts. I especially like the way
Nurlina Maharani
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's really hard to explain what I have done while reading this.
Rakhi, sometimes remind me to myself. Too much worrying about something that only 'if'. Her mom is another one. I barely weeping tears in some part. 😢
Olivia Muse
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge: an own voices book.
Susan Beecher
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyable book with the story of an Indian-American woman painter and tea house owner in California trying to make a go of her life and understand her mother's life whose story is also told. Add a little magic.
Oct 03, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in ethnicity in America
Shelves: bookclub
Queen of Dreams is Chitra Divakaruni's most recent novel. It is about an Indian-American woman, Rakhi, and her mother. Her mother is a dream interpreter, which to her daughter is a mysterious and powerful thing. But her mother had early on determined that Rakhi did not have this gift, and would never share this part of her life with her daughter. In the book, the now divorced Rakhi is struggling with all of her relationships, with her father, her own daughter, her ex-husband and with her best ...more
Sundarraj Kaushik
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
A difficult book to write review about. At times it looks like self-indulgence of an immature female taking offence at every happening in life, but it is good in parts, especially the bonding between the daughter and father and the reunion with the ex-husband towards the end.

The book is about Rakhi Gupta who is the daughter of a lady who can read dreams and sometimes also dreams others dreams. Rakhi has seen her mother aloof all the time and has not got as much attention as a child would have
Sep 01, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two thumbs up. Way up. This one made me think..and it was one of those that ended long before I wanted it to. You ever read books like that? That end..but you didn't want it to ever end? Occasionally, I stumble upon one..and this was one of them.

The story revolves around a young artist and recently divorced mother, Rakhi, living in California. Rakhi's mother was a dream teller, born with the ability to share and interpret the dreams of others, to foresee and guide them through their fates. A
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: indian-novels
I really enjoyed "Sister of My Heart". What that novel did well was build suspense and complex relationships, then reveal secrets that make you re-evaluate the former part of the book and see the characters in a whole new light. In that book, Divakaruni came across as an M. Night Shyamalan in fiction.

What is lacking in this book is a) A likeable main character (protagonist Rakhi comes across as a very unpleasant person, and her best friend/business partner is no better) and b) A satisfying
Sriram Nagarajan
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
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Mary Beth
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reading this while studying dreams - great synchronizations happening :)
Some quotes that resonated:

"Isn't not knowing the only way it is possible to love?"

"Dreams would not come to me in California because it was too new a place. Its people had settled there only a few hundred years ago, and neither its air nor its earth, the elements from which we draw sustenance, was weighted yet with dreams."

"My father had had to explain to me that giving thanks is not a common practice in India. 'Then how
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was a disappointing read. I was entirely engaged at the outset with the ethereal atmosphere created in the opening section of the dream journals written by the mother of the main character, Rakhi. The mother, a person of depth and inner conflict, is caught between her life work as a dreamer where she dreams the dreams of other people in order to help them live their lives and her responsibilities as a wife and mother. The story is mainly from the point of view of Rakhi who irritated me ...more
WOW! What a story! I loved the characters and the unique twists and turns in their relationships. The book had secrets.... dream tellers.... mystery...hard choices.... joy... disaster... and that very special flavor that only Chitra's books have. By the end I found myself wondering- would I want my journals of personal moments/ thoughts and dreams read after I have passed I think in the case of the characters in this situation they were able to go on after the mother died because the journals ...more
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her themes include the Indian experience, contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. Her work is widely known, as she has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 ...more

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