Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See

Beginning in 1937 and covering thirty years, this is the story of two sisters who were born in Shanghai, “the Paris of Asia”.  We learn about a privileged lifestyle of pre-World War II. When their father loses all his money through gambling, he marries off the sisters to the sons of his debtor. So begins their journey to America. They endure the invasion of the Japanese army, a stay on Angel Island and life in Chinatown/Los Angeles. The story focuses on their relationship and family life in Chinatown. Lisa See is the author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

I think there will be a sequel to this book given the way it ended.

Rating:  **** Very, very good
Reviewed by:  klm

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