Shanghai Girls

Shanghai Girls

Audiobook CD - 2009
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In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father s prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Though both sisters wave off authority and tradition, they couldn t be more different: Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree . . . until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides.
As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, one that will take them through the Chinese countryside, in and out of the clutch of brutal soldiers, and across the Pacific to the shores of America. In Los Angeles they begin a fresh chapter, trying to find love with the strangers they have married, brushing against the seduction of Hollywood, and striving to embrace American life even as they fight against discrimination, brave Communist witch hunts, and find themselves hemmed in by Chinatown s old ways and rules.
At its heart, Shanghai Girls is a story of sisters: Pearl and May are inseparable best friends who share hopes, dreams, and a deep connection, but like sisters everywhere they also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. They love each other, but each knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt the other the most. Along the way they face terrible sacrifices, make 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.

From the Hardcover edition. "

Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780739359334
Branch Call Number: CDBK FIC See
Characteristics: 11 compact discs : 13 hours, 30 mins

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trevordunfordswife
Nov 12, 2016

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.

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Bonnie
Oct 13, 2013

An excellent read. Looking forward to the second book, Dreams of Joy.

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mogie
Dec 12, 2012

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.

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bxrlover
Jun 27, 2012

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.

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llegros
Jan 12, 2012

This book captivated me from the moment I put the cd in my car stereo. Excellent book. Very excited to get the sequel!

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jodeestock
Jul 29, 2010

frustrated that it was part of series. Waiting for second book.

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KristiD
May 19, 2010

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.

LMOH Mar 23, 2010

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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