Favorite Quotes

"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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Shanghai and Back Again

Dreams of Joy

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.

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Posted by ogradyj on Nov. 1, 2011 at 11:06 a.m.
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June 26, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.:

I completely enjoyed the Shanghai Girls and was so excited to see there was a sequel. I have just started reading Joy's Dream and find it just as intriguing as the first book.

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