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April Selection

March 29, 2012

Next up is . . .

Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See

In 1937 Shanghai — the Paris of Asia — twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree — until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America. Though inseparable best friends, the sisters also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are — Shanghai girls.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at Kerry Thompson’s house. In the meantime, check back for meeting reminders, links to information on the book, and more. Happy reading!

Note that we originally selected Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See to read in April. However, while Dreams of Joy is technically a stand-alone book, Shanghai Girls is an earlier story of the same characters. So, read Shanghai Girls first, and then Dreams of Joy, if you have time.

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