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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (59,667 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 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Though both sisters wave off authority and tradition, they couldn’t be more different: Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree . . . until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides.

As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, one that will take them through the Chinese countryside, in and out of the clutch of brutal soldiers, and across the Pacific to the shores of America. In Los Angeles they begin a fresh chapter, trying to find love with the strangers they have married, brushing against the seduction of Hollywood, and striving to embrace American life even as they fight against discrimination, brave Communist witch hunts, and find themselves hemmed in by Chinatown’s old ways and rules. 

At its heart, Shanghai Girls is a story of sisters: Pearl and May are inseparable best friends who share hopes, dreams, and a deep connection, but like sisters everywhere they also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. They love each other, but each knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt the other the most. Along the way they face terrible sacrifices, make 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “As in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love, she has in her latest novel created ordinary women who, through willfulness and resiliency, accomplish extraordinary things…See, whose writing is as graceful as these ‘beautiful girls,’ pulls off another exceptional novel.”

    Miami Herald

  • Shanghai Girls is one of those books I could not wait to continue reading, because her characters’ stories are so compellingly told.”

    St. Louis Dispatch

  • “The glamour of prewar Shanghai is recalled in Lisa See’s deftly plotted Shanghai Girls.”

    Vogue

  • “A rich work…As compulsively readable as it is an enlightening journey.”

    Denver Post

  • “A buoyant and lustrous paean to the bonds of sisterhood.”

    Booklist

  • “See is a gifted writer, and in Shanghai Girls she again explores the bonds of sisterhood while powerfully evoking the often nightmarish American immigrant experience.”

    USA Today

  • Selected for the June 2009 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mindi Bruns irvin | 2/17/2014

    " I really liked this book. It was a beautifully written combination of history, culture, love, family, loyalty, and survival. Cannot wait to read more of Lisa See's novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Delia R | 2/4/2014

    " Very interesting story.... I feel like I learned a lot about China, about Chinese women and culture, and about their lives in America in the 50's. I didn't love the end, but I did find the way she totally turned around the perspective at the end and made you question everything so unique and interesting. It really brings to question the idea of reliable narration. Some parts are very sad, some are very moving, but overall a great book on tape. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda Takai | 2/1/2014

    " About 2 sisters from China who relocate to US. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lynda | 1/23/2014

    " An excellent novel centering around the lives (and tragedies) of two Chinese sisters who emigrate to Los Angeles but not before enduring trauma in war torn Shanghai. "

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