Shanghai and Back Again
November 1, 2011
Title: Dreams of Joy
By: Lisa See
This sequel to Shanghai Girls is every bit as gripping as the original. It picks up right where Shanghai Girls ended in Los Angeles and the reader is quickly transported back to Shanghai along with sisters Pearl and May's daughter Joy who is on a search for her birth father and her real home. While May holds down the family fort in Los Angeles, Pearl follows Joy back to Shanghai. See explores the relationships between sisters and the complicated mother-daughter relationships which were revealed to Joy at the end of Shanghai Girls. Both Joy and Pearl are thrown into the New Society of Red China. They discover the true meaning of home and their own family history, along with discoveries about love and romance.
This is a book I didn't want to put down. Nor did I want it to end. See is a brilliant storyteller.