Dreams of Joy

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Dreams of Joy Book Summary


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.

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Dreams of Joy - Lisa See Reviews

  • Excellent

    By HistorFicFan
    Couldn't put it down. Glad it was available after I finished Shanghai Girls. Great sequel. Highly recommend.
  • Fiction or Not?

    By QueenieV
    Lisa See brings The Great Leap Forward to life. I could feel myself being transported to the PRC and being with Joy & Pearl as they struggled to endure through the real meaning of love & family. A quick & enjoyable read!
  • Dreams of Joy

    By Vallejo Vicki
    Wonderful book...I lovedShanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy was so good!! I couldn't put it down ...... Read it!!
  • An amazing continuation

    By Blooberii
    Dreams of Joy has been enlightening, joyous, heart breaking, and a pleasure to read. Lisa See gives her characters a depth that authors often lack, and I would recommend reading Dreams of Joy after Shanghai Girls to anyone.
  • Dreams of Joy

    By Clausenj14
    If you like historical fiction with characters that are unforgettable, this is your book. It is dark in subject matter but intense in showing the love between a mother and daughter.
  • Great Sequel

    By Wyo Reader
    Not often are sequels equal to the previous book, but Lisa See definitely manages to make that happen with "Dreams of Joy". The character development is great, I miss them when the story is done. I have read "Snowflower and the Secret Fan" and will definitely read more of Lisa See's books.
  • A Must Read!!! :-D

    By Sweetie-K
    This book is a must read. It has touched me in so many ways and made me reflect about several different issues. Love, betrayal, trust, forgiveness, family, friendship, the good and bad side of government are all things I pondered while reading this book. The book made me laugh, cry, feel anger and hope. In the end I was left with a satisfying feeling of culmination. You won't want to put this book down.
  • Amazing

    By squirleface
    So powerful and vivid, I felt like I was experiencing the Peoples Republic of China for myself.
  • One of the best I've ever read

    By Phirun
    This book and the prequel has got to be one of the best I've read out there that feature Chinese history. I finished the book in two sitting (150 page per seating lol), which just proves that it's intense and you can't put it down. The characters portray true human characteristics such as emotions. I applaud Lisa See for writing such a great fast pace book that I've encountered in a while. A MUST READ!!!
  • Joy of a Great Book

    By Kathleengolf
    Excellent read....history and fiction expertly combined.

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