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Shanghai Girls

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February 25, 2013

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See: This extensively researched historical novel is engrossing and readable. Spanning three decades and two continents (from 1930s China to Los Angeles in the 1950s), the book explores universal themes: adolescence, family relationships, secrets, immigration, and discrimination. Readers meet Pearl and May as teenage sisters in prewar Shanghai. They revel in modern ways and defy the wishes of their parents by modeling for "Beautiful Girls" calendars and staying out until the wee hours. ...Vivid descriptions of life at Angel Island Immigration Station, the development of L.A.'s Chinatown, filmmaking in 1940s Hollywood, and the 1950s Confession Program convey the stress, excitement, and longing for home that many Chinese immigrants experienced in the United States. This book will appeal to readers of historical fiction, and may be of special interest to those with ties to the Chinese community.- Sondra VanderPloeg, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH -- (Reviewed August 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 8, p130)

About the author: In her historical fiction, mysteries and nonfiction, Lisa See explores China and the Chinese-American experience from a female point of view. See peppers her novels with loads of details about China and Chinese politics both past and present. Readers love her imaginative storylines, rich details of everyday life, accurate settings, and engrossing pace. Whether set today or in the past, in China or America, See fills her works with doubles, spotlighting the struggle of being Chinese-American. However, it is See's depiction of strong women, who dare to question their place and strive for more, that keeps bringing readers back for more. - Novelist

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