China Dolls

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Random House Large Print, 2014 - Fiction - 546 pages
732 Reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST

The author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls has garnered international acclaim for her great skill at rendering the intricate relationships of women and the complex meeting of history and fate. Now comes Lisa See's highly anticipated new novel, China Dolls.
 
It's 1938 in San Francisco: a world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade. The stunning Ruby Tom challenges the boundaries of convention at every turn with her defiant attitude and no-holds-barred ambition.
 
The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. When their dark secrets are exposed and the invisible thread of fate binds them even tighter, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.

Praise for China Dolls
 
"Superb . . . This emotional, informative and brilliant page-turner resonates with resilience and humanity."--The Washington Post
 
"This is one of those stories I've always wanted to tell, but Lisa See beat me to it, and she did it better than I ever could. Bravo! Here's a roaring standing ovation for this heartwarming journey into the glittering golden age of Chinese nightclubs."--Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
 
"A fascinating portrait of life as a Chinese-American woman in the 1930s and '40s."--The New York Times Book Review
 
"A sweeping, turbulent tale of passion, friendship, good fortune, bad fortune, perfidy and the hope of reconciliation."--Los Angeles Times
 
"Lisa See masterfully creates unforgettable characters that linger in your memory long after you close the pages."--Bookreporter
 
"Stellar . . . The depth of See's characters and her winning prose makes this book a wonderful journey through love and loss."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
"China Dolls plunges us into a fascinating history and offers an accessible meditation on themes that are still urgent in our contemporary world."--San Francisco Chronicle
 
"China Dolls is [Lisa See's] most penetrating since Snow Flower and the Secret Fan."--The Seattle Times
 
"A spellbinding portrait of a time burning with opportunity and mystery."--O: The Oprah Magazine


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Good character development and good plot. - Goodreads
Predictable, not impressed with the writing. - Goodreads
I always enjoy her story telling. - Goodreads
The ending was especially trite, in my opinion. - Goodreads
Liked the historical insight the book shared. - Goodreads
As always, Lisa See does an impeccable job of research. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Judy - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this one but couldn't get over how selfish I thought the girls were. I just wanted to hit each one upside the head at least once every chapter. But even though they drove me crazy, I enjoyed the historical aspect. The Japanese internment. The showbiz side. The fun. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Dreams of Joy, Shanghai Girls, 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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