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BONUS: This edition contains a Shanghai Girls discussion guide and an excerpt from Lisa See's Dreams of Joy.

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.

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Shanghai Girls
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4.2 / 5
Title well describe the story
March 18th, 2015
Good story, a bit lengthy at time - overall a good read Give a good overview of the life in Shanghai and their heritage
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Title well describe the story
March 18th, 2015
Good story, a bit lengthy at time - overall a good read Give a good overview of the life in Shanghai and their heritage
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2 reviews
Interesting
August 3rd, 2013
I enjoyed the book, especially the history behind the story. It does seem as though there is a sequel to the book. I am not sure how I feel about the ending of the novel. It seemed quite abrupt and everything seemed to escalate quickly then it ended. It was very well written and I still enjoyed the novel, overall.
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