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In her most powerful novel yet, acclaimed author Lisa See returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy. Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father—the artist Z. G. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the Communist regime. Devastated by Joy’s flight and terrified for her safety, Pearl is determined to save her daughter, no matter the personal cost. From the crowded city to remote villages, Pearl confronts old demons and almost insurmountable challenges as she follows Joy, hoping for reconciliation. Yet even as Joy’s and Pearl’s separate journeys converge, one of the most tragic episodes in China’s history threatens their very lives.
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“One of those hard-to-put-down-until-four-in-the-morning books . . . With each new novel, Lisa See gets better and better.”—Los Angeles Times
“A heartwarming story of heroic love between a mother and daughter . . . No writer has better captured the voice and heart of Chinese culture.”—Bookreporter.com
“See is a gifted historical novelist. She illuminates a turning point in Chinese history when people still remembered the inequities of the feudal caste system, and in some cases embodied them. . . . See is unflinching in her willingness to describe it all.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Once again, See’s research feels impeccable, and she has created an authentic, visually arresting world.”—The Washington Post
“Excellent . . . lives up to its predecessor’s magic.”—The Dallas Morning News
“[Lisa] See’s fans will be glad to read more about Pearl, May and Joy, and See’s recurring themes of unbreakable family bonds and strong-willed women.”—The Oregonian
“[See’s] prose rings like a temple bell.”—Los Angeles magazine
“A vivid, haunting, and often graphic portrait of a country, and a family, in crisis.”—Booklist
“See keeps her eyes focused on the women—their standing, their predicaments, their resourcefulness.”—The Seattle Times
“Looks like another hit . . . See creates an immersive atmosphere.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Riveting, meticulously researched.”—Kirkus Reviews