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The Love Ceiling ~a novel by Jean Davies Okimoto

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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: jokim12345@aol.com

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 is a TLC Book Tour review and more about the author.

This book is available through this blog site and Amazon.com – KINDLE and will be found on the PW recommended reading page very soon.

But do not just take my words for it, these other fine folks can be found at these locations and tour dates:

Tuesday, June 1st: Book Club Classics
Thursday, June 3rd: Dolce Bellezza
Monday, June 7th: Lit and Life
Wednesday, June 9th: Rundpinne
Thursday, June 10th: Reading, ‘Riting, and Retirement
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

Is there an area of book topics that you would like to read more about? How about being an Immigrant or an illegal in another country? Do you like stories that seem similar to your story?

21 Responses to “The Love Ceiling ~a novel by Jean Davies Okimoto”

  1. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    “Is there an area of book topics that you would like to read more about?” Recently I’ve been gravitating towards biographies and especially autobiographies. Not sure why. Definitely prefer nonfiction these days.
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Am I Putting Ideas Into My Kids’ Heads? =-.

  2. Davina Says:

    Patricia, this sounds like a lovely book to read. I appreciate you highlighting that specific passage; especially the second paragraph about connecting with what you’ve expressed to be able to communicate with others. Creativity IS a process of communication that starts with you, the creator but definitely doesn’t stop there.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Guest Post: A Muse for My Dreams =-.

  3. Talon Says:

    Thank heavens the most interesting lives about the journey and not the destination.

    Sounds like a lovely book, Patricia.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..A delicate demise… =-.

  4. Lisa Munley Says:

    I’m really glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks so much for highlighting it on your blog and being a part of the tour!
    .-= Lisa Munley´s last blog ..TLC’s Book Club of the Month Contest for June! =-.

  5. Patricia Says:

    vered,
    my reading tastes change all the time, I think I read everything except mathematics and difficult science books. I think this is good to keep changing around and diving into new directions. This is a good parenting book/ story too for when kids are grown..

  6. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    This was truly a delightful read and story and a lovely way to tackle some of the difficult moment of life and working at finding a niche that works as a creative outlet, when there are many pressures

  7. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    Yes it is about the journey – and a celebration of that expression.
    Looking forward to reading you book – loving your short stories

  8. Patricia Says:

    Lisa,
    Thank you for thinking of me, I did very much enjoy this book and meeting Jean on line. You were a great resource and connector

    I love to read, thank you for this suggestion

  9. Mark Says:

    Sounds like a great book in many ways. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..Placebos – The Self Deception That Believes the Lie =-.

  10. Patricia Says:

    Mark,
    I think it is a good book and a good read….about real life situations

  11. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. looks really interesting .. I’d love knowing more about your area and the islands there. It’s on my list – sometime in the distant future .. when I’m reading more .. hope you’re feeling ok still & improving .. often think of you over there .. keep happy … Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Stirling Castle Skeletons – who are they? =-.

  12. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    We are having an unusually dark and rainy spring – this morning the sun came out – I can feel the relief in my whole being, and I got in a great walk.

    You might want to refer this book to folks who are in the sandwich generation – boomers…..lots of truth here

    This is truly a beautiful part of the world and the island area of Puget Sound is quite stunning. Come for a visit when you are able.

  13. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. bright sunshine here .. for a few days to come – sun outside at least cheers my day! Glad you got a good walk in ..

    Once I’ve read it and have some peace from life – later in the summer I suspect .. & thanks for the offer of a visit .. would love to visit ..

    bye for now .. have a good weekend .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Volcanic palette, translucent jet streams, passion-fruit paintings … =-.

  14. Bellezza Says:

    I loved your words “gracious storyteller” and “gentle story” because they so aptly describe how I received this novel myself. I think it was told beautifully, of a complex situation many women must face: caring for themselves as well as those they love. As my dear parents age, and my son is 19, I find myself needed in ways I haven’t been before. Anyway, I agree that this is a lovely book, and I envy you the excursions to Vashton or any other part of Seattle. Being a midwestern girl, I’ve not seen the Northwest. Yet. ;

  15. Tony Single Says:

    Patricia, I love that excerpt. Really, it describes art and the artistic process perfectly. It’s about what you want to express, but also just as much about what people want to take from your art… and the connection that can therefore be made between such geographically (and perhaps even ideologically) isolated parties.

    This could be an interesting read then… :)

  16. Patricia Says:

    Bellezza,
    I think this story was told in the perfect voice – there is so much yelling, screaming and blaming going on these days and then women especially get so hard on themselves. This story was just right; more like how we would want it to be.
    Puget Sound is beautiful , hope you will find a reason to visit.
    Welcome and thank you for stopping by and commenting.
    I will be over to check out your words too :)

  17. Patricia Says:

    Tony,
    It is a very nice read and story. Thank you for your kind words and yes! I have several more quotes from the book I am planning on sharing

  18. Patricia Says:

    I have not many of the author’s of books I have written about contact me – just Bruce Frankel and now Jean Davies Okimoto and I thought I would like to share her gracious words to me with other readers.

    Dear Patricia,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful review of The Love Ceiling! It’s been just great to be introduced to
    you and Patricia’s Wisdom and I’m also grateful to Lisa for thinking of you for my book tour.

    I hope if you’re ever on Vashon Island that we can connect, I’d love to meet you!

    Again, thank you for helping The Love Ceiling find readers who might enjoy it. I appreciate it so very much.

    All good wishes,
    Jeanie

    Thank you Jean and Lisa for recommending the book –
    I did so enjoy it.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..The Love Ceiling ~a novel by Jean Davies Okimoto =-.

  19. Claire - Gratitude Connection Says:

    This sounds like a beautiful book, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m intrigued to find out more.
    .-= Claire – Gratitude Connection´s last blog ..Today I’m grateful for… =-.

  20. Jannie Funster Says:

    I just LOVE that quote on creativity, hits it bang on, I think!! I LOVE that alone totally absorbed time when im’ in that creative zone.

    This sounds like such a gripping read, Immigrant stories always fascinate me. One of my favs (well, I only saw the movie,) was Tom Hanks’ “The Terminal.” Didn’t you just LOVE that show??

    But Patricia!! if you keep on recommending so many AWESOME books, how will I ever keep up with all my favorite blog reading too?? :)

    xoxo

  21. Patricia Says:

    Claire,
    Welcome and thank you for the good words. This book is a lovely read – I think you will enjoy it.

    Jannie,

    I know you read a great many blogs, but this is one to carry in the car or when you are waiting while the kiddo is at a class, or for moments on the airplane or at the beach. There is always time, not quite at the same moments :)
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..The Love Ceiling ~a novel by Jean Davies Okimoto =-.