Shanghai Girls

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Random House LCC US, 2010 - Chinese - 406 pages
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In 1937 Shanghai, the twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree - until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America. Though inseparable best friends, the sisters also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. Along the way they make sacrifices, face impossible choices, and confront a life-changing secret.

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User Review  - renardkitsune - LibraryThing

Shanghai Girls was very interesting because it takes a place in a historical time period and place that is completely outside my wheelhouse. See's research is evident, as she is very good at evoking ... Read full review

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User Review  - sentryrose - LibraryThing

This one is tough for me to rate. I'm ambivalent with regard to whether or not I liked the story... Beautiful writing, but tragic story. While reading a Literary Fiction I don't expect happy-go-lucky ... Read full review

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