Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Waiting on Wednesday - Shanghai Girls; Lisa See
Here's my pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection:
Shanghai Girls: A Novel; Lisa See
Pub Date: May 26, 2009
Ever since I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel, I've become a huge Lisa See fan. I was excited to received an ARC yesterday of her soon to be released book. I'll be sure to post my review once I've read it.
May and Pearl, two sisters living in Shanghai in the mid-1930s, are beautiful, sophisticated, and well-educated, but their family is on the verge of bankruptcy. Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl’s parents arrange for their daughters to marry “Gold Mountain men” who have come from Los Angeles to find brides.
But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel’s Island (the Ellis Island of the West)—where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months—they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she’s pregnant the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.
A novel about two sisters, two cultures, and the struggle to find a new life in America while bound to the old, Shanghai Girls is a fresh, fascinating adventure from beloved and bestselling author Lisa See.
What's your pick this week?