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One of the most accurate depictions of “showbiz” I have read in recent years. See paints a portrait of the lives of 3 female entertainers in the glamorous (and not so glamorous) nightclub scene of the 1940s in San Francisco. She tackles tough stuff too -- female friendships in a competitive business, and the panic and xenophobia following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Rich in historical detail - hard to put down!

— Antonia


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The author of "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, "and" Shanghai Girls" has garnered international acclaim for her great skill at rendering the intricate relationships of women and the complex meeting of history and fate. Now comes Lisa See's highly anticipated new novel, "China Dolls."
It's 1938 in San Francisco: a world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade. The stunning Ruby Tom challenges the boundaries of convention at every turn with her defiant attitude and no-holds-barred ambition.
The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. When their dark secrets are exposed and the invisible thread of fate binds them even tighter, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.
Praise for "China Dolls"
"Superb . . . This emotional, informative and brilliant page-turner resonates with resilience and humanity."--"The Washington Post"
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"This is one of those stories I've always wanted to tell, but Lisa See beat me to it, and she did it better than I ever could. Bravo Here's a roaring standing ovation for this heartwarming journey into the glittering golden age of Chinese nightclubs."--Jamie Ford, author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"
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"A fascinating portrait of life as a Chinese-American woman in the 1930s and '40s.""--The New York Times Book Review"
"A sweeping, turbulent tale of passion, friendship, good fortune, bad fortune, perfidy and the hope of reconciliation.""--Los Angeles Times"
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"Lisa See masterfully creates unforgettable characters that linger in your memory long after you close the pages.""--Bookreporter"
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"Stellar . . . The depth of See's characters and her winning prose makes this book a wonderful journey through love and loss."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
""China Dolls" plunges us into a fascinating history and offers an accessible meditation on themes that are still urgent in our contemporary world."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
""China Dolls" is Lisa See's] most penetrating since "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.""--"The Seattle Times.

About the Author

Lisa See is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Dreams of Joy, Shanghai Girls, Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net" (an Edgar Award nominee), "The Interior, " and "Dragon Bones, "as well as the critically acclaimed memoir "On Gold Mountain." The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780606372596
ISBN-10: 0606372598
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: July 24th, 2015
Pages: 416
Language: English
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