A revealing, but compassionate, look at the world of prostitution.
A prostitute lives on the periphery of life. This book reveals the loneliness, the loss and the alienation of a life lived on the outer bounds of society. Having once been a little girl with all her hopes and dreams, how did she wind up on the streets? How does she deal with the guilt? Is the guilt the result or cause of her aimless drifting life?
She, like anyone else desires the normal sages of life - falling in love, marriage, home and family. How does she cope with the losses? Can she ever recover her innocence? What does she do with the longing to belong?
We Only Weep in Dreams examines how she deals with the community at large, the ceaseless condemnation and self-righteousness. And then there is the ever present need to be beautiful. Yet on the periphery of life they have their own broken connections; they comfort the lonely.
Through the perspectives of Mary Magdalene, the Geisha, inhabitant of Yoshiwara, and others, these and other aspects of their lives are examined.