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An epic journey from Shanghai to Los Angeles frames this amazing tale from Lisa See.  Sisters May and Pearl Chin survive and triumph over stark injustice and unspeakable horror. Complete with family secrets, tragedy, forbidden love, and a long history of female oppression, Shanghai Girls is a journey no one should take, but everyone should read. Stunning.
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"See's tale of the two sisters' love and rivalry, their romantic adventures and long struggles to regain their balance in a new land is entertaining, if melodramatic." Julie Phillips, Ms. Magazine (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)

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In 1937 Shanghai — the Paris of Asia — twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree — until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America. Though inseparable best friends, the sisters also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are — Shanghai girls.

Review:

“As in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love, she has in her latest novel created ordinary women who, through willfulness and resiliency, accomplish extraordinary things…See, whose writing is as graceful as these 'beautiful girls,' pulls off another exceptional novel.” Miami Herald

Review:

“A rich work…as compulsively readable as it is an enlightening journey.” Denver Post

Review:

"[I]n Shanghai Girls [See] again explores the bonds of sisterhood while powerfully evoking the often nightmarish American immigrant experience." USA Today

Review:

"A buoyant and lustrous paean to the bonds of sisterhood." Booklist

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About the Author

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior, and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles.

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GoldenWings, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by GoldenWings)
This book was hard to put down. It really brought me back in time and made me feel like it was all happening in front of me.
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Melyn, September 22, 2011 (view all comments by Melyn)
It's better than Snow Flower and The Secret Fan....easy way to learn about history. I think students would enjoy it too.
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Harriet Hutchinson, January 15, 2011 (view all comments by Harriet Hutchinson)
I have passed this along to all of my friends. Lisa See writes an engaging tale mixing historical fact with unusual story lines.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812980530
Author:
See, Lisa
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.97 x 5.2 x .65 in .5 lb

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Product details 336 pages Random House Trade Paperbacks - English 9780812980530 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

An epic journey from Shanghai to Los Angeles frames this amazing tale from Lisa See.  Sisters May and Pearl Chin survive and triumph over stark injustice and unspeakable horror. Complete with family secrets, tragedy, forbidden love, and a long history of female oppression, Shanghai Girls is a journey no one should take, but everyone should read. Stunning.

"Review A Day" by , "See's tale of the two sisters' love and rivalry, their romantic adventures and long struggles to regain their balance in a new land is entertaining, if melodramatic." (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)
"Review" by , “As in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love, she has in her latest novel created ordinary women who, through willfulness and resiliency, accomplish extraordinary things…See, whose writing is as graceful as these 'beautiful girls,' pulls off another exceptional novel.”
"Review" by , “A rich work…as compulsively readable as it is an enlightening journey.”
"Review" by , "[I]n Shanghai Girls [See] again explores the bonds of sisterhood while powerfully evoking the often nightmarish American immigrant experience."
"Review" by , "A buoyant and lustrous paean to the bonds of sisterhood."
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