Next Up: Shanghai Girls

Now that I’ve finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I’ve moved on to my second selection from Robin’s List. I chose to take on Shanghai Girls next because it seemed like a completely different story than Guernsey’s, I enjoyed Lisa See’s earlier book Snowflower and the Secret Fan, and I was ready to start typing a shorter book title.

I’ve heard many good things about Shanghai Girls and I hope it lives up to the hype. The book description certainly sounds interesting:

For readers of the phenomenal bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love–a stunning new novel from Lisa See about two sisters who leave Shanghai to find new lives in 1930s Los Angeles.

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.

A novel about two sisters, two cultures, and the struggle to find a new life in America while bound to the old, Shanghai Girls is a fresh, fascinating adventure from beloved and bestselling author Lisa See.

For more information about the book, check out Lisa See’s website and sample a chapter, read a Q&A with the author or just bask in the glowing reviews Lisa has posted. But I’ll be the one to determine if the Dallas Morning News, The Miami Herald, Bookpage, USA Today, the Washington Post, etc. know what they’re talking about. Check back soon (but not too soon because the Olympics are taking up valuable reading time) for my write up on Shanghai Girls.


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