By Lisa See
BONUS: This variation includes a Shanghai Girls discussion consultant and an excerpt from Lisa See's Dreams of Joy.
In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a urban of significant wealth and glamour, the house of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. because of the monetary defense and fabric comforts supplied via their father’s filthy rich rickshaw enterprise, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her more youthful sister, may possibly, are having the time in their lives. notwithstanding either sisters wave off authority and culture, they couldn’t be extra various: Pearl is a Dragon signal, powerful and obdurate, whereas may perhaps is a real Sheep, lovely and placid. either are attractive, glossy, and carefree . . . till the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that during order to pay off his money owed he needs to promote the ladies as other halves to suitors who've traveled from California to discover chinese language brides.
As eastern bombs fall on their loved urban, Pearl and will set out at the trip of an entire life, one who will take them in the course of the chinese language geographical region, out and in of the seize of brutal infantrymen, and around the Pacific to the seashores of the USA. In l. a. they start a clean bankruptcy, looking for love with the strangers they've got married, brushing opposed to the seduction of Hollywood, and striving to include American lifestyles while they try opposed to discrimination, courageous Communist witch hunts, and locate themselves hemmed in by means of Chinatown’s previous methods and ideas.
At its middle, Shanghai Girls is a narrative of sisters: Pearl and will are inseparable top pals who proportion hopes, desires, and a deep connection, yet like sisters far and wide they additionally harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. They love one another, yet every one is familiar with precisely the place to force the knife to harm the opposite the main. alongside the way in which they face negative sacrifices, make most unlikely offerings, and confront a devastating, life-changing mystery, yet via all of it the 2 heroines of this stunning new novel carry speedy to who they're: Shanghai girls.
Praise for Shanghai Girls
“A buoyant and lustrous paean to the bonds of sisterhood.”–Booklist
“A wealthy work . . . as compulsively readable because it is an enlightening journey.”—Denver Post
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Shanghai Girls: A Novel by Lisa See