25 Books to Read Before You Die
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


The Powell's Playlist | August 6, 2014

Graham Joyce: IMG The Powell’s Playlist: Graham Joyce



The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit is set on the English coast in the hot summer of 1976, so the music in this playlist is pretty much all from the... Continue »
  1. $17.47 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$6.95
List price: $25.00
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
2 Burnside Literature- A to Z

More copies of this ISBN

Shanghai Girls

by

Shanghai Girls Cover

ISBN13: 9781400067114
ISBN10: 1400067111
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 2 left in stock at $6.95!

 

Review-A-Day

"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)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamor, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father's prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives.

Though both sisters wave off authority and tradition, they couldn't be more different: Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree . . . until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides.

As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, one that will take them through the Chinese countryside, in and out of the clutch of brutal soldiers, and across the Pacific to the shores of America. In Los Angeles they begin a fresh chapter, trying to find love with the strangers they have married, brushing against the seduction of Hollywood, and striving to embrace American life even as they fight against discrimination, brave Communist witch hunts, and find themselves hemmed in by Chinatown's old ways and rules.

At its heart, Shanghai Girls is a story of sisters: Pearl and May are inseparable best friends who share hopes, dreams, and a deep connection, but like sisters everywhere they also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. They love each other, but each knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt the other the most. Along the way they face terrible sacrifices, make 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:

"See (Peony in Love) explores tradition, the ravages of war and the importance of family in her excellent latest. Pearl and her younger sister, May, enjoy an upper-crust life in 1930s Shanghai, until their father reveals that his gambling habit has decimated the family's finances and to make good on his debts, he has sold both girls to a wealthy Chinese-American as wives for his sons. Pearl and May have no intention of leaving home, but after Japanese bombs and soldiers ravage their city and both their parents disappear, the sisters head for California, where their husbands-to-be live and where it soon becomes apparent that one of them is hiding a secret that will alter each of their fates. As they adjust to marriage with strangers and the challenges of living in a foreign land, Pearl and May learn that long-established customs can provide comfort in unbearable times. See's skillful plotting and richly drawn characters immediately draw in the reader, covering 20 years of love, loss, heartbreak and joy while delivering a sobering history lesson. While the ending is ambiguous, this is an accomplished and absorbing novel. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

Lisa See might be the daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Caucasian women, but the Chinese great-grandfather who arrived in California in 1871 has proved the most influential of her ancestors. "I am Chinese in my heart," See wrote in her family memoir, "On Gold Mountain." She is also Chinese in her fiction, having mined her heritage for the vivid period details of foot binding, dowries... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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

Synopsis:

From the author of the bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love comes a stunning new novel about two sisters who leave Shanghai to find new lives in 1930s Los Angeles.

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.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 3 comments:

historical fiction fan, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by historical fiction fan)
Another winner by Lisa See. One learns of life in Shanghai, China in 1937 for 2 sisters and their later years in America. Compelling read.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Salgal, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Salgal)
This is the best book to come along in ages. It has excitement, history, interesting characters that you care about and a very real story line. Once you start reading you'll never put it down until the last page and you'll want more. Lisa See has really created the best book in eons.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 3 readers found this comment helpful)
lilcraftylaura, July 15, 2009 (view all comments by lilcraftylaura)
This book was incredible. While the story seems a bit rushed, at least not as comprehensive as Snow Flower & the Secret Fan, I still found it to be very thought provoking and emotionally moving. Not even 100 pages into the book, I found myself wiping away silent tears. A great read for the summer!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(2 of 3 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 3 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400067114
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
See, Lisa
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
General
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Immigrants -- United States.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090526
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.48x6.54x1.09 in. 1.33 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Red Azalea Used Trade Paper $2.13
  2. Concubines Children Used Trade Paper $2.50
  3. The Painter from Shanghai
    Used Trade Paper $4.50
  4. Hothouse Flower and the 9 Plants of...
    Used Hardcover $2.50
  5. Water for Elephants
    Used Mass Market $1.50
  6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato...
    Used Hardcover $3.95

Related Subjects


Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Contemporary Women

Shanghai Girls Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$6.95 In Stock
Product details 336 pages Random House - English 9781400067114 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "See (Peony in Love) explores tradition, the ravages of war and the importance of family in her excellent latest. Pearl and her younger sister, May, enjoy an upper-crust life in 1930s Shanghai, until their father reveals that his gambling habit has decimated the family's finances and to make good on his debts, he has sold both girls to a wealthy Chinese-American as wives for his sons. Pearl and May have no intention of leaving home, but after Japanese bombs and soldiers ravage their city and both their parents disappear, the sisters head for California, where their husbands-to-be live and where it soon becomes apparent that one of them is hiding a secret that will alter each of their fates. As they adjust to marriage with strangers and the challenges of living in a foreign land, Pearl and May learn that long-established customs can provide comfort in unbearable times. See's skillful plotting and richly drawn characters immediately draw in the reader, covering 20 years of love, loss, heartbreak and joy while delivering a sobering history lesson. While the ending is ambiguous, this is an accomplished and absorbing novel. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"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 , "[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."
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love comes a stunning new novel about two sisters who leave Shanghai to find new lives in 1930s Los Angeles.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.