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09 June 2010

Book Review: The Love Ceiling by Jean Davies Okimoto

Title: The Love Ceiling
Author: Jean Davies Okimoto
Publisher: Endicott & Hugh Books
Publication Date: April 1, 2009
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN: 978-0982316733
Genre: Fiction


About the book

After the death of her Japanese American mother, sixty-four year old Anne Kuroda Duppstaad finds the courage to confront the toxic legacy of her father, a famous artist and cruel narcissist. When a former art professor invites her to an island art studio, she begins pursuing her life-long dream to become an artist in her own right. But the needs of her family tug at her heart. Her thirty-two year old daughter’s love-life is falling apart and Annie’s husband, facing retirement, struggles with depression, leading her to conclude: “There is a glass ceiling for women. . .and it’s made out of the people we love.”

My Review:

The Love Ceiling by Jean Davies Okimoto is a beautiful, engaging and moving novel about two women, 64-year-old Anne Duppstadt and her 32-year-old daughter Cass, each struggling to discover who they are. Annie has unresolved issues with her narcissistic father, dealing with the aftermath of her mother's recent death, doting on her grandson, worrying about her daughter, and hoping to fill a void in her life. Cass is in a failing relationship and is struggling with her life and the direction she wants to take it, and while she does not have the years of experience her mother has, she has a loving family and supportive friends. The Love Ceiling is told in the alternating voices of Annie and Cass and is done rather seamlessly, helping the reader to better understand each of the women. Okimoto tackles the tough issues of being a daughter, sister, spouse, parent and grandparent while tackling the question of ones identity. While Cass is neither married nor a mother, she has her own struggles to face. The Love Ceiling is a unique look into the lives of women easy to relate with and feel compassion towards. Life is ever changing and women can and are resilient and resourceful, as Okimoto clearly shows the reader through her strong female characters. The Love Ceiling is a rather refreshing look at women in differing ages and stages in life and one I truly enjoyed reading and feel that other women too would benefit from reading. One final note, this book would make an excellent pick for a women's discussion group.

About the Author

Jean Davies Okimoto is the recipient of the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults Award, the International Reading Association’s Reader’s Choice Award, the IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice Award, the Parents’ Choice Award, the Washington Governor’s Award, the Maxwell Medallion for Best Children’s Book of the Year, and is the author of two Smithsonian Notable Books. Her picture book, Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat was adapted by Shelly Duvall for the HBO and Showtime television series “Bedtime Stories.” She and her husband Joe live on Vashon Island, Washington. Together they have four grown children, six grandchildren and a dog who thinks it’s a person.

For further information visit:
Jean Davies Okimoto's website.
Read an excerpt of the book here.
Read an interview with the author.

For more reviews of the book, please follow the book tour.

I received a complimentary copy of The Love Ceiling by Jean Davies Okimoto from TLC Book Tours to be a part of this tour and offer my honest review of the book. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned book.



Deb said...

This sounds like a beautiful book. Thank you.

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Jenny Girl said...

I am convinced women on the whole are the stronger of the two sexes. Look at this stuff we must endure.
Good review Jennifer.

JP - The Mistress of Corgi Manor said...

Wow. this one is hitting me where I live. A must read for me, and a great review.
Thank you, J.