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Shanghai Girls

A Novel
See, Lisa (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Shanghai Girls


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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.
Authors: See, Lisa
Title: Shanghai girls
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 314 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Lisa See
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9781400067114
1400067111
Branch Call Number: FICTION SEE 2009
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Report This Feb 06, 2014
  • ABenoit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I liked it. It was a good story and i even learned a little chinese. I look forward to any future works from Mrs. See.

Report This Dec 23, 2013
  • friendlyfaceca rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Eye opening. Excellent. Must continue with Dreams of Joy.

Report This May 31, 2013
  • finn75 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great historical fiction. Examines an episode in Chinese history through the eyes of two well off Chinese sisters. They move from comfort to danger and poverty when war breaks out. Then they have to shift to a strange country to marry two men they have never met! A sad story of survival but well worth the read.

Report This Aug 07, 2012
  • angelstr2188 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Overall this was a great book. The author takes you through the hardships of the time period for those living in China. The journey for both the main characters is eye opening along with the way immigrants are treated once they get to the US. See could have continued the book with the journey back to Shanghai but the place she stopped was obviously a safe one.

Report This Jul 18, 2012
  • healice rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The beginning was a little slow to me. But once you get into it, it's fantastic and you can't put it down.

Loved this book, it was a fantastic read.

Report This Jun 20, 2012
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A++ All the way….A must have Book in all Libraries - worth the long library wait and WORTH the cost of owing! I would recommend this movie for all to see.

Report This Apr 12, 2012
  • azor rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book as much if not more than Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It begins in 1937 during the invasion of Shanghi by the Japanese. The movie "The Flowers of War" dipicts events in Nanking at the same time, So it was a good companion movie for this book. Recommended

Report This Mar 08, 2012
  • Opal1678 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

great book but the didn't like the ending. Great portrayal of a bond between sisters during different circumstances.

Report This Oct 09, 2011
  • PrimaGigi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I wasn't too happy with the ending I felt that it was banged out just for time and really wasn't throughly touched a upon or thought out. It was well-written and I enjoyed it, even though the second half of this book got boring it picked up near the third half.

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Report This Jul 18, 2012
  • healice rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Because somehow, some way, I'm going to find Joy, and I'm going to bring my daughter, our daughter, home to my sister and me."

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