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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (21,673 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa See Narrator: Janet Song Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret FanPeony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy.

Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, and anger at her mother and aunt for keeping them from her, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father—the artist Z.G. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the communist regime. 

Devastated by Joy’s flight and terrified for her safety, Pearl is determined to save her daughter, no matter the personal cost. From the crowded city to remote villages, Pearl confronts old demons and almost insurmountable challenges as she follows Joy, hoping for reconciliation. Yet even as Joy’s and Pearl’s separate journeys converge, one of the most tragic episodes in China’s history threatens their very lives.

Acclaimed for her richly drawn characters and vivid storytelling, Lisa See once again renders a family challenged by tragedy and time, yet ultimately united by the resilience of love.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebecca Engebretson | 1/31/2014

    " Wow! I loved this book- even more than Shanghai Girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gretchen | 1/30/2014

    " Lisa See is a captivating author and this novel was a more than satisfactory conclusion to the story she began in "Shanghai Girls." Her subtle blending of historical information with the lives of her characters was wonderful and made me curious to know more about China under the direction of Chairman Mao and Chou En-Lai. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie Jones | 1/29/2014

    " Love historical novels so enjoyed reading about that time period in China. The story line and writing were just ok. While I'd recommend this book, I've enjoyed some of See's other novels more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sandra | 1/25/2014

    " This was even better than Shanghai Girls. History very well entwined with the fiction. She has a nice list of further readings for those of us that would like to read more about Chairman Mao, the Great Leap Forward. "

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