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Shanghai Girls

A Novel

by Lisa See

Shanghai Girls
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  • First Published:
    May 2009, 336 pages
    Feb 2010, 336 pages

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Lisa See's new novel is sure to please existing fans while attracting a whole new set of admirers

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 ...



  • On Gold Mountain: The 100 Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995)
  • 365 Days in China (2007)

The Red Princess Mysteries

  • The Flower Net (1997)
  • The Interior (1999)
  • Dragon Bones (2003) 


To be published: Apparently Lisa plans a sequel to Shanghai Girls.

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