Lisa See's latest novel, Shanghai Girls, follows two sisters' lives from 1937 to 1957, a time of rapid change for China and for those of Chinese descent living in the USA. In 1937, the Japanese invaded China, temporarily halting a civil war that had begun in 1927 and didn't end until the founding of The People's Republic of China in 1950. During this period, many Chinese fled to the United States where they were met with draconian immigration procedures, hostility and discrimination in their neighborhoods, and the suspicion of being Communist spies (most notably during the McCarthy era of the early 1950s). The author creates a rich sense of time and place, from the descriptions of the terror of being in Shanghai as the first bombs fell, to life in San Francisco's Chinese neighborhoods. Pearl Chin is the Chinese "everywoman" who narrates the story, leading ...
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To be published: Apparently Lisa plans a sequel to Shanghai Girls.
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