The Love Ceiling ~a novel by Jean Davies Okimoto
I am definitely recommending this book to my book group and any other folks who want to read a good story as told by a gracious storyteller. I picked it up to get it on the schedule and just stuck with it from cover to cover – about 13 hours with rest and meal breaks.
Okimoto writes a gentle story about 64 year old Anne Koroda Duppstadt who is a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, employee, 1st generation American, caregiver coming into her peak of creativity and who has a desire to express that part of her life which has been put aside for everyone else in her loving sphere.
Whenever we make a change the whole world around us seems to be making change that needs our assistance to succeed; those kinds of demands can certainly bump us right out of our own best future.
This is a book about a Baby Boomer and a Sandwich Generation journey through a period of transition. From the cover of the book to the outcome of her creative goals this book moves us right through the stages of a transition, including all the stops and starts along the route.
It is adapted from Okimoto’s play: Uncle Hideki and the Empty Nest.
I so enjoyed that the book is by a local author who lives out in Puget Sound on Vashon Island and that the read took us to many points of interest in Seattle and several ferry rides on beautiful days. I appreciated that Jean Okimoto emailed me and offered her comments up to book groups that would like her input and included a discussion section at the end. Groups that would like to connect with her will find her at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I highlighted 29 passages that I just thought were terrific writing or idea sharing, and today as I draft this review I will share this favorite:
Her painting instructor Fred says:
Creativity is a communication. It has two parts. The first is the solitary exercise of creating what you want t o express, and it’s imperative that this endeavor be one that’s truly sustaining- that when you are most autonomous and alone you can be absorbed in it, and that it’s deeply satisfying. Not that it doesn’t have is agonizing moments, but the whole of it has to feed and sustain you.
The second part of the process is to then connect what you’ve expressed in order to communicate with others, to connect with them and transcend our existential loneliness, to touch others.
The book has already brought the author three Awards from the USA Book News National Best Books Award – Women’s Fiction Finalist; Winner eBook fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Award; and King County Library System – Season’s Reading List. Okimoto has won other awards for her writing before.
I enjoyed this book very much and related to it quite personally as a proud participating member of the Sandwich Generation and the Love Ceiling Crowd. I am hoping she will write a sequel that includes more about this group of folks now that we have added financial struggles to our progress and coming of age style.
This book is available through this blog site and Amazon.com – KINDLE and will be found on the PW recommended reading page very soon.
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Monday, June 7th: Lit and Life
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Monday, June 14th: Joyfully Retired
Wednesday, June 16th: Crazy for Books
Thursday, June 17th: Luxury Reading
Monday, June 21st: Erasing the Bored
Wednesday, June 23rd: Mooncat Farms Meanderings
Thursday, June 24th: carp(e) libris reviews
Monday, June 28th: Feminist Review
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