Friday, June 5, 2009

Shanghai Girls: A Novel by Lisa See

Product Details Shanghai Girls: A Novel by Lisa See

Lisa See has an amazing gift for making the history of Chinese women come alive. Her novel
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is still one of my favorite all-time books.

In Shanghai Girls, we are introduced to Pearl and May, sisters living in Shanghai just before World War II. Through a series of frightening events, they eventually come to America and live in Los Angeles' Chinatown. The novel takes us to the 1950s, when they experience the fear that the communist witch hunts brought about.

I'm normally not a big "historical fiction" reader, but when a book is as well-written as this one, where the history is so expertly woven with the story, I am entranced by it. This is a definite must-read!

1 comment:

Jenny said...

I'm glad you liked this one! I have Snow Flower on my keeper shelf, but still haven't gotten around to reading Peony In Love.