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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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    ellen 09-26-10
    ellen 09-26-10
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    "shanghai girls"

    terrific book and great narrator; can not wait to do another by this author; good information about china also

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    Aviva A. Orenstein 08-21-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Huge Disappointment"

    Positive: The plot and the setting are interesting. I learned a lot about the history of the Chinese-American experience. The narrator was excellent.

    Negative: This books is very poorly written -- so much so that it distracts from the plot and keeps the reader outside the story. It is hard to feel for the characters when the writing is so distractingly bad. The dialog was stilted. The descriptions were cliched. The characters were underdeveloped, and unbeleiveable. One sister -- the dragon in the Chinese Zodiac -- is the capable type (who learns her judgment is sometimes flawed). Another sister (the sheep) needs to be cared for (and leans she has some inner strength). The abrupt ending made it feel as if the writer just ran out of ideas or paper, or both. I was traveling and this was my only audio book or I would have put it down. If you are interested in dynamics in Chinese American families, read anything by Amy Tan instead.

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    Kyle Houston, TX, United States 08-09-10
    Kyle Houston, TX, United States 08-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Historical but depressing"

    This book was interesting from a historical perspective. I actually didn't know much about Chinese history during the early 1900's and what life as a Chinese American was like in Los Angeles.

    What I didn't like is that the protagonists were always being beaten down by various forces and there is really nothing that they can do about it. It's really one loss after another through the whole thing.

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    Barbara Fort Worth, TX, United States 08-02-10
    Barbara Fort Worth, TX, United States 08-02-10 Member Since 2007

    Reading has been my favorite hobby since I was a little girl! Love Audible. I keep a book going in the car while I drive, and read at home

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    "Enjoyed very much!"

    I loved this book. I not only learned about the culture of the characters but a lot about what went on in California's Asian community during this time frame. I liked it enough to want to read more by this author. I didn't want it to end.

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    Joan 07-05-10
    Joan 07-05-10
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    "I really enjoyed this book"

    It gave me a very descriptive glimpse into what it was to live in china and the challenges of immigrants. Plus the human love story was wonderful.

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    Melinda Cape Coral, FL, USA 07-03-10
    Melinda Cape Coral, FL, USA 07-03-10
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    "Recommend This Book"

    Great book, it was full of emotion, sadness and love!!! The narrator was very good and I enjoyed it very much, could not stop listening to it once I started. Really got involved in the story line and felt as part of the characters.

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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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