Shanghai Girls

Shanghai Girls

Pearl and May are sisters, living carefree lives in Shanghai, the Paris of Asia. But when Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, they 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 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.

Title:Shanghai Girls
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781400067114
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    Shanghai Girls Reviews

  • Eileen Souza

    I'm re-rating this book up to 4 stars, but with the contingency that it must be read with Dreams of Joy. When read in conjunction with the second book, this book is excellent - really emotionally powe...

  • emma

    This cover is so pretty and happy and wonderful, and then the contents are the darkest, most painful thing you have ever experienced in your life.Literally every bad thing that exists under the sun ha...

  • Larry

    Lisa’s See’s new novel, Shanghai Girls, provides a rich experience for its readers – taking them from the splendor, highlife, glamour and poverty of 1937 Shanghai to the struggles of Chinese imm...

  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    3.5 STARSOMG! These girls dad sucks! This reminds me of one of her other books with the father!*****TRIGGER WARNING: GANG RAPE & BEATING OF AN OLD WOMAN AND HER TEENAGE DAUGHTER**********SPOILERS*****...

  • Linda Smith

    This book was very disappointing. I went into it eager to learn about this point in history and this should have been a good book considering the premise of the story. I think it started out well and ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    I can't believe I didn't write a review on this Lisa See book. This is one of my favorite historical books she wrote. There is a fascinating story in here that many people know very little about! The ...

  • Helen Dunn

    I really disliked this book and I'm extra disappoined about it because I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan so much!It starts out OK with the depiction of Shanghai but never did anything to make me ...

  • J.Elle

    This was the third book I've read by this author and I'm still confused as to my feelings for her writing. The first book I read, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, I loved. I think it was all the descri...

  • Lyn (Readinghearts)

    I fell in love with Lisa See's writing a few years ago when I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. As such, I was really looking forward to reading Shanghai Girls when it came out. Initially though, p...

  • Joy D

    Historical fiction beginning in 1937 in Shanghai, China. Two sisters are uprooted from their carefree lives when their father loses the family’s wealth to gambling debts. He arranges their marriages...