I run to you
on the path of dreams
Yet no night of dreams
could ever compare
to one waking glimpse
The Path of Dreams is a romantic fantasy inspired by the traditional Japanese practice of arranged marriage. The matchmakers in this case are an Osaka samurai academic and a Scottish Mormon polygamist. The union these two 19th century raconteurs plot for their great-great grandchildren is one their descendants never could have anticipated, for this o-miai exists only on "the path of dreams."
Though I am concerned about my reputation. I just realized I'm going to sleep with you on our first date.
Although they've met only once, at a train station in Japan, Elaine Chieko Packard and Connor McKenzie have been haunted ever since by passionate dreams they cannot control. They determine to resolve the tension between the moral strictures of their religion and their own overpowering emotions by eloping, a decision that triggers an entirely unexpected series of events.
I've never read a novel that more perfectly captures the Mormon view of the perfect love story. — C.L. Hanson
In the days and months that follow, they find themselves reliving, in dreams and reality, many of the same conflicts their parents and grandparents once did. They won't be able to move forward with their lives until they have addressed the unsettled obligations of the past, "turning the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers."
The Path of Dreams was first published by Parables (2006), the second edition by Peaks Island Press (2008). An early draft won Honorable Mention in the 2002 Annual Utah Original Writing Competition.
Eugene Woodbury graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in Japanese and TESOL. He has twice been a Utah Original Writing Competition finalist and is a recipient of the Sunstone Foundation Moonstone Award for short fiction. He lives in Orem, Utah, where he works as a free-lance writer and translator.