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Dreams Of My Mothers: A Story Of Love Transcendent

by Joel L. A. Peterson

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Another selection for my work's book club. And, its one of those books that has the potential to be good -really really good. Unfortunately, the author didn't have enough material for a full book, so introduced random factoids - such as the founder of Ikea is from the same place in Sweden as the Lindquist's ancestors. Or that hotpot is traditionally a winter dinner in Japan. Or, that Korean and Japanese language are completely different than Chinese... it goes on and on.

As for the main character Young Nam/Noah - I think there is a bit of wish fullfillment from the author when he wrote this character. It seems like Noah manages to not only succeed at life, but ends up in the top tier. Top tier in the military, top tier executive. Also, him having a driver to take him to see his mother was a bit excessive...

I also wish there was more of Young Nam/Noah's day to day life. Specifically, direct interactions with his neighbors when he lived in Korea, and than his initial months and years with his adopted family, the Lindquists.

Overall, I'm glad I read it. I learned quite a bit about American Policy on the children of American soldiers born to foreign mothers. I'd like to know how this policy has changed. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Feb 24, 2019 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0989527786, Paperback)

Dreams of My Mothers is based on the true story of two mothers' transcendent love for the same boy. It is a love that reaches across the globe, propels them and him on a riveting and unimaginable path of transformation and triumph. It is a story that will speak to everyone who reads it; a story that tells us that love alone is not enough. Transcendent love is exceptionally rare, requiring sacrifice beyond normal boundaries, a faith beyond all doubts, and most of all, the courage to dream beyond all hope. 

Author Joel L. A. Peterson gives us a vivid and gripping story of a biracial, impoverished boy who, through the love and courage of his mothers, overcomes questions of identity, race, physical handicaps and prejudice to become a new American success story. It touches on all the issues of who we are--as a people, as a nation, and as individuals. Dreams of My Mothers is a story particular to a few, but relevant to all. It is American, yet global. It is a story that feels intensely personal, yet universal in its themes and humanness. 

And the triumphs are real.

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