Shanghai Girls by Lisa See - In all honesty, I bought this book because the cover is so beautiful. After what I saw as the disappointment of Peony in Love, I wasn't sure what to expect of this book. It lived up to, and even surpassed, in my opinion, Snow Flower and The Secret Fan. This is the story of two sisters, who are the closest of friends and, at times, the bitterest of rivals. Born in Shanghai in the 1930s into a live of privilege and plenty, their world is shattered with the invasion of the Japanese. They make a harrowing journey to America where they build a new life, trying to reconcile the conflicting feelings they have between homesickness for their home country and Chinese culture and beliefs, and wanting to embrace the American dream. I really loved this book!
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