Shanghai Girls

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BONUS: This edition contains a Shanghai Girls discussion guide and an excerpt from Lisa See's Dreams of Joy.

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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Shanghai Girls - Lisa See Reviews

  • Excellent

    By HistorFicFan
    5
    A must read. Vivid characters and a real page turner. Couldn't put it down. I understand what the other reviewer meant about the ending but I don't mind. I plan to purchase the next book as soon as I finish this review. What a great mixture of history and fiction.
  • Shanghai Girls

    By Renaissance Man 1
    4
    I appreciated the historical insight on being in Shanghai in the 1930's. The cultural insights are also very valuable to me (currently living in SHA) and will enjoy discussing with my colleagues. The immigration process is an eye-opener as well as the role Chinese men had in the US military . Interesting and entertaining - highly recommend this book!
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE

    By LaceyM85
    5
    Seriously could not put this book down!!!
  • Very Disappointing

    By lacuti7
    2
    Based on all the reviews, and having read and loved Snowflower and the Secret Fan, I had high expectations for this book. And have to say was very disappointed. The story starts fast and exciting, but then it just gets worse and worse, with one bad happening after another and what is supposed to help get you through it, is the love of the sisters, which I understand, I have a sister too, but in no way was that bond painted strong enough to withstand all the terrible things that go wrong. When you think it can't get any worse it does. And to make matters worse it ends on a cliff hanger with nothing resolved. I read this book on vacation and couldn't shake the disturbing feeling after reading it the whole time!
  • Incredible!

    By Christina Meyer
    5
    You cannot help but just love this novel! It is amazing in every way! The superb character development and gripping story make you never want to stop reading it. This well-researched novel is so accurate and intricately created you could probably base a research paper on it. One of my personal favorite books!
  • Ending?

    By M382
    4
    This book's abrupt ending is merely a segue into the next book, making it not a complete novel in & of itself. Rather it's the first in a series. That said, the characters -including locations - are wonderfully deep and detailed in depiction. This has it all: the journey; duties to family; superstition and culture; war; gore; love; adventure; romance. An epic: similar to Game of Thrones from the Song of Ice & Fire series... only shorter, Chinese, and without (non-human) dragons.
  • Just okay

    By DianaIE
    3
    Based on the reviews, I was expecting alot from this book, but was left slightly disappointed. I thought the story/plot was excellent! However, I could not bring myself to fall in love with the characters. I feel it was very loosely written. I also feel the beginning was wonderfully written, but as the book goes on it feels rushed...20 years pass in the book, and it doesn't feel that way. I read Snowflower & The Secret Fan, and I was expecting the same type of detail, but I was left disappointed in this book, I'm sorry to report :(
  • Travel back in time

    By 4merEyeSun
    5
    Loved this story of two sisters. The end leaves you itching to read the sequel to find out how it all works out.
  • An amazing look into the past.

    By Blooberii
    5
    Though this book is filled with amazing history about Chinese immigration and the transition into being a Chinese-American person, it is difficult not to get lost in the beauty and heart break. You are able to feel the joy and pain of the main character flowing out of the page.
  • Shanghi girls

    By Supersnowflake
    3
    The book started out great, the ending left me flat! A cheep trick, to read the next book! I hate that! And I will not be reading the next book!

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