Shanghai Girls

Shanghai Girls

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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Shanghai, 1937. Pearl and May are two sisters from a bourgeois family. Though their personalities are very different - Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid - they are inseparable best friends. Both are beautiful, modern and living a carefree life until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away the family's wealth, and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to two 'Gold Mountain' men: Americans. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, the two sisters set out on the journey of a lifetime, one that will take them through the villages of southern China, in and out of the clutches of brutal soldiers, and even across the ocean, through the humiliation of an anti-Chinese detention centre to a new, married life in Los Angeles' Chinatown. Here they begin a fresh chapter, despite the racial discrimination and anti-Communist paranoia, because now they have something to strive for: a young, American-born daughter, Joy. Along the way there are terrible sacrifices, impossible choices and one devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding novel by Lisa See hold fast to who they are - Shanghai girls.
Publisher: [Melbourne, Vic.] : Bolinda audio, 2016.
Edition: Unabridged ed.
ISBN: 9781489358936
Additional Contributors: Song, Janet

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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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