Monday, February 18, 2013

Book Club: Shanghai Girls - Lisa See

Shanghai Girls
In 1937 Shanghai—the Paris of Asia—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 terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are—Shanghai girls.

I really enjoyed this book and was surprised to learn all the hardships that Chinese immigrants had to go through.  This books follows sisters Pearl & May for 20 years.  First their life in Shanghai as calendar girls, then we follow them to California as Chinese brides.  Then once they have been her for several years and all that they have gone through and all the family has been through.  But through it all these sisters managed to stay together.

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