BRILLIANT. Beginning in Shanghai in prewar 1930's, sisters and 'beautiful girls' Pearl and May Chin are sold to cover their father's debts. It's a heart-breaker, a page-turner and both sisters will win your love. I hated to finish and couldn't wait to read the sequel, although I did not know there was one when I finished this. Fascinating time period in China.
An excellent read. Looking forward to the second book, Dreams of Joy.
A really enjoyable listen. I liked the woman's voice. It is very compelling. I enjoy that it took place over 2 decades during an historically interesting time for Chinese young women.
So, so,so, so good! I love it when I can rave about a book and "Shanghai Girls" gives me ample opportunity to do just that. In my opinion it doesn't get much better than a novel that is both enlightening and captivating.
I had read (and really enjoyed) "Snow Flower and the Sceret Fan" and perhaps it's because "Shanghai Girls" gets a lower rating on GR than Snow Flower does, but I approached reading it with low expectations. I am not sure why the rating are as they are, but I definately think that "Shanghai Girls" deserves the higher rating between the two.
Lisa see tells her tales in such clear, yet beautiful language that her readers are able to get completely absorbed in the story without ever getting distracted by the prose.
This book captivated me from the moment I put the cd in my car stereo. Excellent book. Very excited to get the sequel!
frustrated that it was part of series. Waiting for second book.
I have really enjoyed Lisa See's books - most of which I have listened to on CD. Unfortunately, I had a very hard time getting into this one as the reader's voice did not captivate me at all. It would have probably been more enjoyable if Jodi Long read instead. I think I will read the book in this case.
A really interesting book. It begins in 1937 China, specifically Shanghai, just before the Japanese invasion. You get a good sense of what life was like before the Second World War. Two sisters manage to escape to the U.S. and the story is all about their relationship, and their closeness, despite the hardships they go through. These hardships include the Rape of Nanking, trying to get into the U.S., the prejudice they face living in Los Angeles, etc. Pretty fact-packed (almost too much actually).
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