Dreams of Joy
In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless... show more
In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing 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, and anger at her mother and aunt for keeping them from her, 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.Acclaimed for her richly drawn characters and vivid storytelling, Lisa See once again renders a family challenged by tragedy and time, yet ultimately united by the resilience of love.
Publish date: May 31st 2011
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 354
Edition language: English
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Series: Shanghai Girls (#2)
This sequel to Shanghai Girls starts in 1950s Los Angeles. University student Joy (Pearl's adopted daughter) has become enamored with Communism. In the wake of her adopted father's suicide, she decides to go to China and find her real father, artist Z.G. Li, and join in the cultural revolution herse...
I wavered in my rating. I originally gave it four stars because I felt it was a high 3.5 half stars but after digesting the book, I feel it's really more a three star read. I found [b:Shanghai Girls|5960325|Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)|Lisa See|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327968416s/5960325...
Written in the first person by a mother and daughter, this tells of family strife and what you would do for those you love.Joy is the daughter of Chinese immigrants to the US, although at the opening of the book she's discovered that she is, in fact, the biological daughter of her aunt. She's also 1...
I know I am bucking the trend here, but while I enjoyed "Shanghai Girls" enormously and hoped for a sequel, this book truly disappointed me. I gave it three stars because the author does put pen to paper very well, and the book moves along, however slowly, to a conclusion the reader eagerly looks fo...
This is the sequel to Shanghai Girls. I need to find this one so I can see how it all ends, since the first one's ending left me wondering.I liked this one even more than Shanghai Girls. This one picks up where the last one left off, with Joy learning her family truths by overhearing an argument bet...