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ISBN13: 9780812980547
ISBN10: 0812980549
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

In her most powerful novel yet, acclaimed author Lisa See returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl's strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy. Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father — the artist Z.G. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the Communist regime. Devastated by Joy's flight and terrified for her safety, Pearl is determined to save her daughter, no matter the personal cost. From the crowded city to remote villages, Pearl confronts old demons and almost insurmountable challenges as she follows Joy, hoping for reconciliation. Yet even as Joy's and Pearl's separate journeys converge, one of the most tragic episodes in China's history threatens their very lives.

Review:

"Astonishing...one of those hard-to-put-down-until-four-in-the-morning books...a story with characters who enter a reader's life, take up residence, and illuminate the myriad decisions and stories that make up human history." Los Angeles Times

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"[Lisa] See is a gifted historical novelist....The real love story, the one that's artfully shown, is between mother and daughter, and aunt and daughter, as both of the women who had a part in making Joy return [come] to her rescue....[In Dreams of Joy,] there are no clear heroes or villains, just people who often take wrong turns to their own detriment but for the good of the story, leading to greater strength of character and more durable relationships." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"A heartwarming story of heroic love between a mother and daughter....No writer has better captured the voice and heart of Chinese culture." Bookreporter.com

Review:

"Once again, See's research feels impeccable, and she has created an authentic, visually arresting world." The Washington Post

Review:

"Excellent...[Dreams of Joy] lives up to its predecessor's magic." The Dallas Morning News

Review:

"[Lisa] See's fans will be glad to read more about Pearl, May and Joy, and See's recurring themes of unbreakable family bonds and strong-willed women." The Oregonian

Review:

"[See's] prose rings like a temple bell." Los Angeles magazine

Review:

"A vivid, haunting, and often graphic portrait of a country, and a family, in crisis." Booklist

Review:

"See keeps her eyes focused on the women — their standing, their predicaments, their resourcefulness." The Seattle Times

Review:

"See's many readers will be pleased to see the continued development of Pearl and May's relationship....[She] creates an immersive atmosphere." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

"Riveting, meticulously researched." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Shanghai Girls, 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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goatmother51, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by goatmother51)
If you haven't read the author's previous book about the "Shanghai Girls" who become Joy's aunt and mother, no matter. Lisa See throws you quickly into the turmoil and secrets of this complex family, and you cannot help but follow Joy's journey to find her real father, and her true self, in the China of Mao's 'Great Leap Forward'. You don't have to be a history buff to appreciate the historical setting. The harsh realities of that time not so long ago fill you with real anxiety for the characters you come to care about so much. They have grown so real, in fact, that I think I'll go back in time now to visit China and Joy's parents in their youth.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812980547
Author:
See, Lisa
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.99 x 5.15 x 0.82 in 0.64 lb

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Product details 400 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812980547 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Astonishing...one of those hard-to-put-down-until-four-in-the-morning books...a story with characters who enter a reader's life, take up residence, and illuminate the myriad decisions and stories that make up human history."
"Review" by , "[Lisa] See is a gifted historical novelist....The real love story, the one that's artfully shown, is between mother and daughter, and aunt and daughter, as both of the women who had a part in making Joy return [come] to her rescue....[In Dreams of Joy,] there are no clear heroes or villains, just people who often take wrong turns to their own detriment but for the good of the story, leading to greater strength of character and more durable relationships."
"Review" by , "A heartwarming story of heroic love between a mother and daughter....No writer has better captured the voice and heart of Chinese culture."
"Review" by , "Once again, See's research feels impeccable, and she has created an authentic, visually arresting world."
"Review" by , "Excellent...[Dreams of Joy] lives up to its predecessor's magic."
"Review" by , "[Lisa] See's fans will be glad to read more about Pearl, May and Joy, and See's recurring themes of unbreakable family bonds and strong-willed women."
"Review" by , "[See's] prose rings like a temple bell."
"Review" by , "A vivid, haunting, and often graphic portrait of a country, and a family, in crisis."
"Review" by , "See keeps her eyes focused on the women — their standing, their predicaments, their resourcefulness."
"Review" by , "See's many readers will be pleased to see the continued development of Pearl and May's relationship....[She] creates an immersive atmosphere."
"Review" by , "Riveting, meticulously researched."
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