China Dolls

China Dolls

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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The New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls has garnered international acclaim for her immersive storytelling gifts and skill at rendering the layered, intricate relationships of women and the engrossing and complex meeting of history and fate. Now comes Lisa See's highly anticipated new novel, China Dolls ...
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780385394185
0385394187
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (15 hr., 12 min., 29 sec.))
Additional Contributors: Long, Jodi

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Jodi George Lopez
Aug 04, 2017

I liked this book and found it different than what I usually read..The book intrigued me and as I read it flowed well and the characters were seemingly real people...Easy to read and fast..

AL_MARYA Jul 30, 2017

This historical fiction novel follows the lives of three young Asian women who become performers in San Francisco’s “Chop Suey Circuit” during the WWII era. While I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this slice of history, I had a tough time investing in the characters because their relationship becomes so entangled in secrets, betrayal and cutthroat competition. Frankly, I was a little relieved when their story drew to a close.

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cemetery613
Jan 02, 2016

I enjoyed this book. Well written. History that I was totally unaware of. Well worth the read.

not well written and not a good in-depth portrait of immigrant Asian women trying to make it in America's frenetic pre WWII culture. Interesting plot, too bad it was so poorly written.

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FVReader
Apr 17, 2015

I enjoy Lisa See's books and this is no exception. It's a fun, interesting story and the voices of the narrators was well done, giving each of the girls a personality and style.
However, I found this to be a rather superficial story about beauty & fame. I really liked the historical & cultural aspects.
An enjoyable story and one to be recommended but not my favorite Lisa See book.

booklady413 Oct 01, 2014

Lisa See writes about friendship and being Asian in an unfriendly pre-war 1938 era in America. Ruby, Grace and Helen are dancers at the Forbidden Garden, a club primarily for Asians. As WWII approaches and begins with Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, secrets will be revealed, lives changed and friendships tested. An enjoyable and enlightening experience.

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singasong70
Sep 25, 2014

Did not care for this book - did not finish it. I found the dialogue stilted and formulaic - hard to believe they talked the way author portrays them as talking in the thirties - "I so wanted to hit her." Really?

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maipenrai
Aug 25, 2014

*** stars. In 1938, Ruby, Helen and Grace, three girls from very different backgrounds, find themselves competing at the same audition for showgirl roles at San Francisco's exclusive "Oriental" nightclub, the Forbidden City. Grace, an American-born Chinese girl has fled the Midwest and an abusive father. Helen is from a Chinese family who have deep roots in San Francisco's Chinatown. And, as both her friends know, Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese. At times their differences are pronounced, but the girls grow to depend on one another in order to fulfill their individual dreams. Then, everything changes in a heartbeat with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Suddenly the government is sending innocent Japanese to internment camps under suspicion, and Ruby is one of them. But which of her friends betrayed her? **** I usually really like Lisa See's novels, but this book fell a little short with me. I thought the "great denoument" was telegraphed with a partial revelation. I have enjoyed her mysteries and her novels set in historical China much more. I did not bond as successfully with these characters.

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occy
Aug 14, 2014

I really enjoyed this novel. Definitely one of those "hard to put down" reads.

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ADULT_SUMMER
Jul 29, 2014

patron review:

Fascinating period in California history; disappointed in the 3 narrators.

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SpringAltman Jun 21, 2014

Three young women of Oriental descent become friends thru the turmoil of late 1930 thru post war 1940. The story follows the twists and turns of their relationships with each other, their reunions, their falling outs, their betrayals and their re-evaluations of each other.
It also gives a historical account of what life was like for Americans of Chinese and Japanese descent during this time period

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