China Dolls: A Novel

By Lisa See

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The author of Snow Flower and the key Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls has garnered foreign popularity of her nice ability at rendering the tricky relationships of girls and the advanced assembly of heritage and destiny. Now comes Lisa See’s hugely expected new novel, China Dolls.
 
It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s reasonable is getting ready to open on Treasure Island, a battle is brewing abroad, and the town is alive with chances. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, 3 younger women from very various backgrounds, meet accidentally on the specific and glamorous Forbidden urban nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born chinese language woman, has fled the Midwest with not anything yet heartache, expertise, and 2 dancing sneakers. Helen Fong lives together with her in Chinatown, the place her conventional mom and dad insist that she shield her recognition like a section of jade. the lovely Ruby Tom demanding situations the bounds of conference at each flip along with her defiant perspective and no-holds-barred ambition.
 
the ladies turn into speedy buddies, hoping on each other via unforeseen demanding situations and moving fortunes. whilst their darkish secrets and techniques are uncovered and the invisible thread of destiny binds them even tighter, they locate the energy and resilience to arrive for his or her desires. yet after the japanese assault Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to smash their lives, and a surprising act of betrayal alterations everything.

Praise for China Dolls
 
“Superb . . . This emotional, informative and wonderful page-turner resonates with resilience and humanity.”The Washington Post
 
“This is a kind of tales I’ve constantly desired to inform, yet Lisa See beat me to it, and he or she did it larger than I ever may well. Bravo! Here’s a roaring status ovation for this heartwarming trip into the glittering golden age of chinese language nightclubs.”—Jamie Ford, writer of Hotel at the nook of sour and Sweet
 
“A interesting portrait of lifestyles as a Chinese-American lady within the Nineteen Thirties and ’40s.”—The long island instances publication Review
 
“A sweeping, turbulent story of ardour, friendship, luck, undesirable fortune, perfidy and the desire of reconciliation.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Lisa See masterfully creates unforgettable characters that linger on your reminiscence lengthy when you shut the pages.”—Bookreporter
 
“Stellar . . . The intensity of See’s characters and her profitable prose makes this publication a superb trip via love and loss.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
China Dolls plunges us right into a interesting background and gives an available meditation on topics which are nonetheless pressing in our modern world.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
China Dolls is [Lisa See’s] such a lot penetrating in view that Snow Flower and the key Fan.”The Seattle Times

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