"Soul-searing, but ultimately amazingly uplifting and heart-warming! I am definitely recommending this book to my book club.
This is the first book I’ve read about a different aspect of war and occupation, an important aspect, and that is about the children left behind fathered by U.S. soldiers. Some of these children made it back to the States.
In Dreams of My Mothers, the author explores one such situation. The pain a poor Korean mother, Hee Ae, is faced with raising her green-eyed biracial son, when she doesn’t have the capability of caring for herself. Dreams of My Mothers follows the love of the boy’s – we come to know him as Noah – Korean mother and his adoptive mother, Ellen, as both women hope and dream of what’s best for Noah in their own world-spanning different ways. Who is Noah? Is he Korean? Is he American? The author exposes the cultural biases on both sides of the ocean, and how Noah is affected by it from infancy to young adulthood to maturity.
Here is a book that will deeply touch your heart on so many levels while providing insight into the lessons Noah learns about himself and life while growing up in the heartland of America; lessons that apply to us all.
Lovingly, yet powerfully and beautifully written and filled with life lessons and anecdotes you’ll want to write down and keep forever. This book, its characters and their stories, engrossed me and affected me as few I’ve ever read. It is a must read for anyone who believes that dreams, hope, and the human heart can change the world."