Dreams of Joy

Dreams of Joy

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#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER 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. Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more. RandomHouseReadersCircle.comshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 632 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 680.39g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 073937818X
  • 9780739378182
  • 1,535,277

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Praise for "Dreams of Joy" "See's many readers will be pleased to see the continued development of Pearl and May's relationship. Looks like another hit." -"Publisher's Weekly," starred review Praise for Lisa See's "Shanghai Girls" " " "See's emotional themes are powerful . . . the bonds of sisterhood [and] the psychological journey of becoming an American.""--The Washington Post" " " "If you're looking for one of those wonderful 'take me someplace exotic and unfamiliar' books . . . you won't do better than "Shanghai Girls."""--The Dallas Morning News" " " "Readers truly know and care about these women within a few pages.""--The Miami Herald" " " "A broadly sweeping tale . . . The detail is thoughtful and intricate.""--The New York Times" " " "[See evokes] a time and place with tantalizing detail.""--San Francisco Chronicle" " " "Splendid . . . The story delivers an emotional punch."--"More" "[A] moving historical novel."--"show more

About Lisa See

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. From the Hardcover edition.show more

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47,599 ratings
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4 45% (21,224)
3 19% (8,891)
2 3% (1,486)
1 1% (331)
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