Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Shanghai Girls
by Lisa See
Rating:  4/5

Pages: 314
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: (above edition) 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4088-0112-3

Summary (via Goodreads)

 In 1937 Shanghai—the Paris of Asia—twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree—until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America. Though inseparable best friends, the sisters also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face 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.


Shanghai Girls tells the story of the Second World War from a completely different angle. for those of us that are Westerners, we don't often hear about the difficulties faced in the East at this time, and how those living in China had to flee their homes in order to survive.

The story follows two sisters as they embark of the incredible journey from China to America when the world was upheaved with war and chaos. From the midst of terror filled China they finally make it across to America, only to find the doorway to safety blocked.

The book shows how by being determined we can achieve what is believed to be impossible and I think this books is well worth the time to read it.

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