Divakaruni often focuses on the balance between two worlds -
most often the world of Indian immigrants struggling to assimilate themselves
into American life. While not moving away from this entirely, in Queen of
Dreams she takes a somewhat different tack in order to explore the gulf
between a mother able to interpret dreams and a daughter attempting to
understand her. Like so many novels written by Indian-American writers this one is set in California, Berkeley to be precise. Rakhi Gupta is a
thirty-something artist going through the usual traumas of family and career;
things are getting so bad that she's desperate enough to turn to her mother, a
dream reader (someone who can inhabit someone's else's dreams and interpret
them) for help.
However, before she can do so her mother is killed in a car accident and, her father, who was also in the car,...
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