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ISBN13: 9781400067114
ISBN10: 1400067111
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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.
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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.
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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!
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A Novel
See, Lisa
Random House
Contemporary Women
Immigrants -- United States.
General Fiction
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9.48x6.54x1.09 in. 1.33 lbs.

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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.
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