Shanghai Girls

by Lisa See

Debbie Weiss: I agree with everything said by Ann, Gwen and Judy. This was a very interesting book with well-rounded characters and interesting plot twists. This was a truly wonderful story of the complex relationship between two sisters during the good and bad times of their lives. I loved Lisa See's "Snowflower and the Secret Fan" and this book was equally as good.
Rating: *****

Ann Weightman: enjoyed this book very much. It took you into the Asian culture at that time in Shanghai, the hardships the sisters endured and their life in L.A. Chinatown. I thought it was well-written and it held my interest to the end.
Rating: *****

Gwendolyn Waring: I enjoyed Shanghai girls. I love most books about Asian culture. This story, was well-researched and informative as well as entertaining. Lisa See captures the wonderfully complicated essence of the sister relationship: the sacrifices, rivalries and betrayals.
Rating: ***

Judy Stanton: I think Shanghai Girls rivals Snowflower & the Secret Fan for Lisa See's best book. To me, it was a compelling read, calling me back to see what would happen in May & Pearl's world. It was a well researched saga, historical fiction, in which many of the characters and situations were drawn from the real lives of Chinese immigrants in the US in the 1940-50s. The plots twists and turns, secrets and revelations,and well-developed characters were engrossing. I could relate to the ups and downs of the sisters' relationship and appreciated the personal lens through which they saw experiences in their lives. Well done!
Rating: *****

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