Dreams of Joy: A Novel (Shanghai Girls #2) (Paperback)

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This is book number 2 in the Shanghai Girls series.

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Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
continues the story from Shanghai
Girls.
Joy fled LA after the family skeletons
escaped the closet. She feels guilty over the death of her father and is thrown
for a loop by the discovery of a biological father living in Mainland
China.  College in Chicago exposed Joy to the ideals of communism and she
bought into the idea of Chairman Mao doing something big and grand for the
world.  Without pausing to reflect Joy heads out of LA and on to China,
intent on finding her biological father and contributing in a meaningful way to
Mao’s new world order.  But she is in for a shock, enlightenment may come
too late, Joy’s youthful idealism has placed her in the center of a
nightmare.  Pearl follows her daughter to China, knowing the risk she is
taking, knowing how bad things might be, but desperate to save her child. 
Drama, love, betrayal, loyalty, and family all play out against the backdrop of
Mao’s China

— Deon Stonehouse

Description


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Astonishing . . . one of those hard-to-put-down-until-four-in-the morning books . . . a story with characters who enter a reader’s life, take up residence, and illuminate the myriad decisions and stories that make up human history.”—Los Angeles Times

In her most powerful novel yet, acclaimed author Lisa See returns to 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, 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.

Praise for Dreams of Joy

“[Lisa] See is a gifted historical novelist. . . . The real love story, the one that’s artfully shown, is between mother and daughter, and aunt and daughter, as both of the women who had a part in making Joy return to China come to her rescue. . . . [In Dreams of Joy,] there are no clear heroes or villains, just people who often take wrong turns to their own detriment but for the good of the story, leading to greater strength of character and more durable relationships.”San Francisco Chronicle

“A heartwarming story of heroic love between a mother and daughter . . . No writer has better captured the voice and heart of Chinese culture.”Bookreporter

“Once again, See’s research feels impeccable, and she has created an authentic, visually arresting world.”The Washington Post

About the Author


Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Shanghai Girls, Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior, and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles.

Praise For…


“Astonishing . . . one of those hard-to-put-down-until-four-in-the-morning books . . . a story with characters who enter a reader’s life, take up residence, and illuminate the myriad decisions and stories that make up human history.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“[Lisa] See is a gifted historical novelist. . . . The real love story, the one that’s artfully shown, is between mother and daughter, and aunt and daughter, as both of the women who had a part in making Joy return [come] to her rescue. . . . [In Dreams of Joy,] there are no clear heroes or villains, just people who often take wrong turns to their own detriment but for the good of the story, leading to greater strength of character and more durable relationships.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“A heartwarming story of heroic love between a mother and daughter . . . No writer has better captured the voice and heart of Chinese culture.”—Bookreporter.com
 
“Once again, See’s research feels impeccable, and she has created an authentic, visually arresting world.”—The Washington Post
 
“Excellent . . . [Dreams of Joy] lives up to its predecessor’s magic.”—The Dallas Morning News
 
“[Lisa] See’s fans will be glad to read more about Pearl, May and Joy, and See’s recurring themes of unbreakable family bonds and strong-willed women.”—The Oregonian
 
“[See’s] prose rings like a temple bell.”—Los Angeles magazine
 
“A vivid, haunting, and often graphic portrait of a country, and a family, in crisis.”—Booklist
 
“See keeps her eyes focused on the women—their standing, their predicaments, their resourcefulness.”—The Seattle Times
 
“See’s many readers will be pleased to see the continued development of Pearl and May’s relationship. . . . [She] creates an immersive atmosphere.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Riveting, meticulously researched.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812980547
ISBN-10: 0812980549
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Publication Date: February 7th, 2012
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Shanghai Girls