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Shanghai Girls Audiobook

Shanghai Girls: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

For readers of the phenomenal best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love, a stunning new novel from Lisa See about two sisters who leave Shanghai to find new lives in 1930s Los Angeles.

May and Pearl, two sisters living in Shanghai in the mid-1930s, are beautiful, sophisticated, and well-educated, but their family is on the verge of bankruptcy. Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl's parents arrange for their daughters to marry "Gold Mountain men" who have come from Los Angeles to find brides.

But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel's Island (the Ellis Island of the West, where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months) they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she's pregnant, the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

A novel about two sisters, two cultures, and the struggle to find a new life in America while bound to the old, Shanghai Girls is a fresh, fascinating adventure from beloved and best-selling author Lisa See.

©2009 Random House; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"A buoyant and lustrous paean to the bonds of sisterhood." (Booklist)

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    Kate 07-02-10
    Kate 07-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "So much of interest."

    There is much to recommend this book. I found the story surrounding China and the situation Chinese immigrants found themselves in most compelling. Being from the Los Angeles area, I liked all the details about life in downtown. I loved the exploration of the relationship of the sisters.
    All that being said, the ending was not satisfying. In fact, the last part of the book seemed to loose energy. Worth a listen, certainly. I give it a 4 because it made me think of many things.

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    Beatriz Monterrey, Mexico 05-30-10
    Beatriz Monterrey, Mexico 05-30-10
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    "Wonderful story..,"

    Well written book.., I loved the story.., the relationship between the 2 sisters, the cultural shocks between USA and China.., the story really moves you.., although at the end of the book seems the writer just let the reader an unfinished feeling

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    Anne Morgantown, WV, USA 05-04-10
    Anne Morgantown, WV, USA 05-04-10
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    "Shanghai Girls"

    Excellent book. Couldn't stop listening.

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    neja003 LA, California 04-20-10
    neja003 LA, California 04-20-10 Listener Since 2009

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    "Excellent novel, dont miss out!"

    This is a very special book. I learned so much about China in the 1900's and the plight of women, and how simple yet difficult life was then. Its also very Poignant in how it portrays the relationship between the two sisters who lose all the comforts as well as their parents and family home and run to California to suffer more hardship and disgrace. While battling their own insecurities, fears and jealousies, they lose everything but the love for each other. SIGH! This is a beautiful gift for your sister or best friend. Like most of Lisa See's novels, this is a classic.

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    Susan S. Pacific Northwest 03-22-10
    Susan S. Pacific Northwest 03-22-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Grim"

    I thought this book was mostly well-written, and the narrator was quite good. It's a grim story, with little lightness. I felt that the author ran out of story at the end, and just left things hanging. Sometimes this is done to set up for a sequel, but I'm not interested enough to want to read a sequel.

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    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 02-25-10
    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 02-25-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredibly captivating story"

    Lately it seems that more often than not, I purchase books and can't finish them. Either poor narration or the story just isn't compelling. That certainly was not the case with this treasure. Right from the start, the story is fascinating and I was shocked to learn that a non-Chinese woman wrote the story as it sounds so very authentic. The narration is spot on, and she does a great job with a variety of different characters. I'll purchase her other books based on my experience with this one

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    Alejandra Spring Hill, KS, United States 10-16-09
    Alejandra Spring Hill, KS, United States 10-16-09 Member Since 2016
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    "I would recommend it to a friend"

    Like others have said before, the end of this book was not a real end, I agree and would've like a bit more closure. BUT, don't let this stop you from buying it! You will enjoy it. It's been a while since I enjoy an audiobook so much (and I get bored easily), it is easy to follow and full of layers. Good book!

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    Nadya irvine, CA, USA 10-09-09
    Nadya irvine, CA, USA 10-09-09
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    "so-so"

    i was so excited to read the newest book by lisa see, since i have fond memories of her other novels. but this novel just did not do it for me. perhaps, it was the melodramatic tone of the narrator's voice...i don't know...but this book was a mild dissapointment. i could tell that this was very well researched, and i did find the bits about "china city" in los angeles fascinating. but overall, i did not look forward to listening to this tale. and, sorry to say...the ending was quite lame.

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    Amazon Customer 10-06-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Two Girls, Too Too Much!"

    As the audio reader raced through all the wild and unfortunate events of the sisters...I went along with sympathy and hope for their well-being. This book left me thinking and wondering.

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    gmrob 10-03-09
    gmrob 10-03-09 Member Since 2006

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    "Another "favorite" book for me"

    I found this book to be incredibly enjoyable and did not want to see it end. Although other reviewers seemed disappointed with the ending, I liked the ending because it left the door open for a sequel ( I hope). And even if a sequel never comes to be, I still liked the ending because it was neither syrupy sweet nor awful and depressing. I know I will listen again.

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