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Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
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Aug 19, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read from August 05 to 19, 2011

This is a gorgeous and well researched piece of historical fiction. I was familiar with many of the major events, people, and places seen in [i]Shanghai Girls[/i] from an academic perspective, but See really brings these pieces of history to life through her descriptions of the lives of sisters Pearl and May. Writing the previous sentence just now, I actually typed 'the life of sisters Pearl and May'... and that would actually not have been an unjust description of this book. The sisters' lives are so intertwined that it can be hard to see where one ends and the other begins. We follow them from their home in Shanghai on a journey that brings Pearl and May to Los Angeles, which also allows us a view of the effects of major events in both the world and in the respective countries that the story takes place in: the Japanese invasion of China, the treatment of Chinese immigrants to the US, World War II and the Red Scare. Very well executed. I look forward to picking up the sequel.

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