Dreams of Joy: A Novel

By Lisa See
Binding:Hardcover
Publisher:Random House, (5/31/2011)
Language:English



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In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing 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, and anger at her mother and aunt for keeping them from her, 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.

Acclaimed for her richly drawn characters and vivid storytelling, Lisa See once again renders a family challenged by tragedy and time, yet ultimately united by the resilience of love.
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CagneyC's thoughts on "Dreams of Joy: A Novel"
updated on:3/29/2012

Good book - not quite as good in my opinion as Shanghai Girls, but extremely informative about the history of China and The Great Leap Forward.

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E's Reads's thoughts on "Dreams of Joy: A Novel"
updated on:11/10/2011

Though not as good as Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, this is a good book. I once again learned about an interesting (and terrible) time in China.

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"Dreams of Joy: A Novel"
By Lisa See

Average Rating:
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4.00 out of 5 (2 Clubie's ratings)


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Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret FanFlower 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. 


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