Finally finished Shanghai Girls! The story follows two Chinese women from their late teens in 1930’s China through to their experiences as adults in America. I found the book to be a very mixed bag. There were parts that were riveting and parts that dragged. The characters were sometimes compelling and sometimes not. The knowledge gained about Chinese culture and the experience of Chinese immigrants to this country and the insights regarding how close the bonds between sisters could be, made this novel by Lisa See a worthwhile read. And the cover was one of the best looking this year! Rating: 3 out of 4 (.5 just for the cover).
– posted by Sonia, Reader’s Services.