Below is a summary of our discussion on the April “Book of the Month:” Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.
Shanghai Girls is a historical fiction novel that follows two Chinese sisters, Pearl and May, from 1930s China to 1950s America. The sisters must survive ordeal after ordeal: from life-threatening times of war to fighting against racism.
Readers thought the novel was valuable for the aspects of history it depicted. The life of Chinese-Americans through the 1950s is not often examined as thoroughly as See does. Shanghai Girls gives readers a personal look inside the troubles of the time, making them more accessible.
The group also found the book interesting and well-written, though somewhat long at times. See’s strength is her ability to paint vivid and complex characters that keep the audience invested in the story. They are all looking forward to the sequel Dreams of Joy, to be released later this month.
If you’ve already read Shanghai Girls, feel free to share your thoughts on the novel in the comments. Agree or disagree with the Book Club? Let us know!
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