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Shanghai Girls (Reprint) (Paperback) by Lisa See

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Dimensions (Overall): 7.98 Inches (H) x 5.3 Inches (W) x .72 Inches (D)

Weight: .56 Pounds

Number of Pages: 322

Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes

Sub-Genre: Peoples + Cultures, Types of Characters, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Family + Friendship, Society + Social Issues, Love + Relationships + Sex

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Random House, Inc.

Author: Lisa See

Age Range: Adult

Language: English

Street Date: February 2, 2010
TCIN: 12021976
UPC: 9780812980530
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0393
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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About the Book



From the author of the bestsellers "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" and "Peony in Love" comes a stunning novel about two sisters who leave Shanghai to find new lives in 1930s Los Angeles.



Book Synopsis



NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "A gifted writer . . . explores the bonds of sisterhood while powerfully evoking the often nightmarish American immigrant experience."--USA Today

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.

Praise for Shanghai Girls

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

"A rich work . . . as compulsively readable as it is an enlightening journey."--Denver Post



Review Quotes



"See is a gifted writer, and in Shanghai Girls she again explores the bonds of sisterhood while powerfully evoking the often nightmarish American immigrant experience."--USA Today

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

"A rich work . . . as compulsively readable as it is an enlightening journey."--Denver Post

"The glamour of prewar Shanghai is recalled in Lisa See's deftly plotted Shanghai Girls."--Vogue

"Splendid."--More

"An engrossing tale of two sisters."--Time

"Shanghai Girls is one of those books I could not wait to continue reading, because her characters' stories are so compellingly told."--St. Louis Dispatch

"As in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love, she has in her latest novel created ordinary women who, through willfulness and resiliency, accomplish extraordinary things. . . . See, whose writing is as graceful as these ''beautiful girls, '' pulls off another exceptional novel."--Miami Herald



About The Author



Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior, and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Estimated ship dimensions: 8.25 inches length x 5.25 inches width x 0.75 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.55 pounds
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