China Dolls: A Novel
It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City... show more
It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade.
The stunning Ruby Tom challenges the boundaries of convention at every turn with her defiant attitude and no-holds-barred ambition. The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. When their dark secrets are exposed and the invisible thread of fate binds them even tighter, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.
Publish date: 2014-06-03
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
CHINA DOLLS, BY LISA SEENobody recommended this one to me, I just read the synopsis and thought it was interesting. Plus, I liked the cover.To be honest, this is not the kind of book I'd usually enjoy reading. It had its good parts, but most of the time I found myself rolling my eyes at the story.Sy...
I haven't read a single book by Lisa See that I disliked. This was just as magical as the others. The three characters, Helen, Grace and Ruby were vastly different in their backgrounds and behaviors. The only one I liked was Grace, because Helen was so backstabbing and two-faced. Ruby was all abou...
I enjoyed this tale of three Chinese-American girls -- Grace, Helen and Ruby -- who start off as chorus girls in a nightclub in Chinatown. Each girl has plenty to hide, where not even a friendship can survive the horrors of WWII, and the prejudice of Americans. One section of the story is set in Top...
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for my review Genre: Historical Fiction Page Count: 400 pagesList Price: $27.00 - Hardcover $11.84 - Digital EditionPublication Date: June 3, 2014Publisher: Random HouseMy Rating: 4.5 out of 5 starsLik...
China Dolls by Lisa See brings to life San Francisco in the 1930s and the 1940s and the Oriental community through World War II. It is the story of Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women whose friendship forms around the Forbidden City nightclub in San Francisco. The story and characterization in...