Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

“Shanghai Girls by Lisa See”

The Book:

Pearl and May are two sisters living in Shanghai (known as the Paris of Asia) in 1937. They are beauties who sell products by posing for various artists while living a luxurious life provided by their father. Fate takes a sudden turn when he losses all their money and decides to sell them off to Chinese suitors from America. After marriage they put off joining their husbands but eventually have to give in when their country is being pounded by conquering armies causing them to lose their loved ones.
Getting to America is a struggle and when they finally make it they realize that life is going to be very different. The only solace is that they have each other now as sister-in-laws as well. They face hardships, suffer discrimination and struggle daily between the choices they have to make as Chinese Americans.

The View:

I had not ventured into the historical fiction genre and am glad I opened the door with Lisa See’s Shanghai girls. The book is very engaging and well-written. The backdrop of the story set in Shanghai and in Los Angeles is extremely detailed and takes the reader for an exciting trip to these regions. The love and the strong bond shared by the sisters is impeccable while remaining realistic. They have their share of petty quarrels and disagreements but they are always there for each other through all the difficulties they face. Jealousy, despair, sadness, loss and uncertainty are just few of the emotions captured in such explicit detail that I found myself talking and relating to the characters very often. The closing chapter for me was a tad disappointing and I would have liked to see a different ending. The book left me wanting to see more, hear more and read more of the Shanghai sisters. An unbiased 4 on 5.

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2 Responses

  1. I read See’s “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” and just loved it. Then I won this one in a giveaway but haven’t gotten to it yet. If you haven’t read Snow Flower, I would highly recommend it.

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