China Dolls

China Dolls

A Novel

eBook - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:
18
1
1
The New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony In Love, Shanghai Girls, and Dreams of Joy returns with her highly anticipated new novel. A bold and bittersweet story of secrets and sacrifice, love and betrayal, prejudice and passion, China Dolls reveals a rich portrait of female friendship, as three young women navigate the "Chop Suey Circuit"'America's extravagant all-Asian revues of the 1930s and '40s'and endure the attack on Pearl Harbor and the shadow of World War II.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2014
ISBN: 9780679644163
0679644164
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment
l
Leah_R
Jun 07, 2019

Lisa See makes her characters and the history come alive. Definitely worth reading.

v
veronicai
Oct 17, 2018

Interesting reading.

m
Mouziey
Dec 19, 2017

Interesting enough everyone of the characters were "passing" as someone else and never wanted to be true self: all three girls, Eddie, Joe, Charlie, Ivy, Japanese interment camps, even Helen half bred son. That is the take away and the back drop is all the beautiful scenery of Treasure Island, Chinatown, Forbidden City nightclub, Choy Suey circuit, Locked up as a victory girl and getting examined for STDs. True even as little kids Chinese White Black Native Indian; we all wanted to pass for something not as the true self we are now as old people I appreciate the non passing part. I am just me. Thank you

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..

ArapahoeMaryA 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.

c
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.

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.

s
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?

o
occy
Aug 14, 2014

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

View All Comments

Summary

Add a Summary
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

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at RPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top