I unfortunately read the sequel, DREAMS OF JOY, first. I wish I had read them in chronological order even though I enjoyed them both immensely. Both are quick reads, though I think SHANGHAI GIRLS works best as a wonderful set up for DREAMS OF JOY. Awarded four stars on Goodreads.
SHANGHAI GIRLS is the dramatic story of two sisters, Pearl and May, born in Shanghai on the eve of the Japanese invasion, who lives are forever changed by war, violence, and prejudice. At the same time, their shared determination to build new lives, be true to their Chinese heritage, and remain loyal to each another remains paramount.
The result is a powerful portrait of China before and after the Communist revolution of 1949 and of the United States during World War II and the Red scare of the 1950s. And a wonderful affirmation of the unbreakable bonds that exist between siblings, even when they are very different people.
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