Shanghai Girls (Paperback)

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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 ...

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    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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    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.

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    ISBN 9780812980530
    Genre FICTION / Literary
    Format Paperback
    Pages 322
    Publisher Date 2010-02-02 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Random House Inc
    Copyright Year 2010
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.55 lb
    Language English
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors See, Lisa

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    • good read

      A quick and easy read. If you enjoy historical fiction I would recommend this book

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    • Lisa See does it again!

      As an author Lisa See is an expert at painting the picture of historical Chinese and Chinese-American culture. In this book, she reveals the complexities of the relationship of two sisters like a surgeon delicately using a scalpel. Her ability to depict characters with such detail and complexity is amazing. In the end, I walked away with an awareness of Chinese-American culture that I did not at first possess, and even more amazement and appreciation of the fortitude and faith of the human spirit.

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    • Good

      This helped to understand what the people of China went through before WW II and after. America has a problem accepting non-whites. But, these immigrants wanted to be Americans in spite of the way they were treated. They mostly wanted this for their children but still manintain what it is to be Chineese

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    • Shanghai Girls

      I love all Lisa See's books. This is no exception. Great plot and story line with lots of information about Chinese culture.

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