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Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
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Oct 06, 11

bookshelves: fiction, abandoned
Read in October, 2011

Three stars for being perfectly acceptable chick lit, two stars for disappointing me. So 2.5 total.

I'd been hearing a lot of hype about Lisa See, so I was looking forward to reading this. I don't get what the fuss is about. The story and characters were slightly engaging, but not enough for me to continue reading. I expected the book to be very evocative of China during the Great Leap Forward, but it really could have been set anywhere. Perhaps it's unfair of me to compare See to Amy Tan, but she's my exemplar of writing about China and Chinese women. See just doesn't stand up to the comparison.
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