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Shanghai Girls - A Novel

Lisa See

In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father's prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Though both sisters wave off authority and tradition, they couldn't be more different: Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree . . . until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, one that will take them through the Chinese countryside, in and out of the clutch of brutal soldiers, and across the Pacific to the shores of America. In Los Angeles they begin a fresh chapter, trying to find love with the strangers they have married, brushing against the seduction of Hollywood, and striving to embrace American life even as they fight against discrimination, brave Communist witch hunts, and find themselves hemmed in by Chinatown's old ways and rules. At its heart, Shanghai Girls is a story of sisters: Pearl and May are inseparable best friends who share hopes, dreams, and a deep connection, but like sisters everywhere they also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. They love each other, but each knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt the other the most. Along the way they face terrible sacrifices, make impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are-Shanghai girls. From the Hardcover edition.

In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father's prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Though both sisters wave off authority and tradition, they couldn't be more different: Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree . . . until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, one that will take them through the Chinese countryside, in and out of the clutch of brutal soldiers, and across the Pacific to the shores of America. In Los Angeles they begin a fresh chapter, trying to find love with the strangers they have married, brushing against the seduction of Hollywood, and striving to embrace American life even as they fight against discrimination, brave Communist witch hunts, and find themselves hemmed in by Chinatown's old ways and rules. At its heart, Shanghai Girls is a story of sisters: Pearl and May are inseparable best friends who share hopes, dreams, and a deep connection, but like sisters everywhere they also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. They love each other, but each knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt the other the most. Along the way they face terrible sacrifices, make impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are-Shanghai girls. From the Hardcover edition.
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In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father's prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Though both sisters wave off authority and tradition, they couldn't be more different: Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree . . . until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, one that will take them through the Chinese countryside, in and out of the clutch of brutal soldiers, and across the Pacific to the shores of America. In Los Angeles they begin a fresh chapter, trying to find love with the strangers they have married, brushing against the seduction of Hollywood, and striving to embrace American life even as they fight against discrimination, brave Communist witch hunts, and find themselves hemmed in by Chinatown's old ways and rules. At its heart, Shanghai Girls is a story of sisters: Pearl and May are inseparable best friends who share hopes, dreams, and a deep connection, but like sisters everywhere they also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. They love each other, but each knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt the other the most. Along the way they face terrible sacrifices, make impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are-Shanghai girls. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Janet Song

Length:

13h 33m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:15


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:06


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:05


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:01


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:45


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:16


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:09


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:11


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:41


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:24


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:45


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:33


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:18


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:27


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:30


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:27


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:17


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:31


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:28


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:06


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:26


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:03


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:10


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:18


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:20


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:09


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:09


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:11


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:36


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:29


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:41


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:39


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:36


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:05


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:37


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:50


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:55


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:55


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:19


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:26


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:27


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:21


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:45


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:31


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:58


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:42


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:48


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:23


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:39


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:57


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:57


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:37


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:41


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:35


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:18


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:17


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:03


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:37


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:48


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:18


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:09


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:20


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:16


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:10


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:15


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:39


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:29


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:48


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:07


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:11


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:13


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:39


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:58


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:17


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:19


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:17


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:30


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:24


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:07


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

00:31