Dreams Of Joy

Dreams Of Joy

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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A continuation of "Shanghai Girls" finds a devastated Joy fleeing to China to search for her real father while her mother, Pearl, desperately pursues her, a dual quest marked by their encounters with the nation's intolerant Communist culture.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679604891
0679604898
Characteristics: 1 online resource (354 p.)

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melgaardk
Jan 09, 2017

Amazing. Absolutely breathtaking. I could not put this book down and when I realized it was coming to a close, I slowly began to feel as though I was saying farewell to my now-displaced friends. I am just now reading "Shanghai Girls" - another of Lisa See's proudly acclaimed novels - not realizing that it was the predecessor to "Dreams of Joy."
Despite reading the two in opposing order, knowing what I now have learned and adapted to See's writing and illusionary style, I am making connects and reflecting back on the character's now-independent choices and how they have resulted in "Dreams of Joy."

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trevordunfordswife
Nov 12, 2016

EPIC CONTINUES
Pearl races to rescue Joy who has foolishly run away to Red China to join the Cultural Revolution. I will never forget about her subsequent life on the commune and the unbelievable things that were done in the so-called 'Great Leap Forward' - like breaking glass into the soil that everyone tilled in their (practically) bare feet. I felt so badly for the animals and peasants who couldn't understand any of it...mostly I wanted to turn Joy over my knee and spank her for being a spoiled brat but you do come to sympathize and eventually feel very sorry for her and of course May and Pearl are my true loves from Shanghai Girls. Just an extraordinary novel.

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ninigirl
Jul 05, 2016

Enjoyed this book a lot. Loved the characters and the story was very historic at the same time. Very interesting all the things that were going on at the time in China. I learned a lot of history too. Loved the ending, I could not put it down.

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kindrabirss
Aug 21, 2014

This book must be read after Shanghai Girls. It took me a little bit longer to get into, but once I did the story was engrossing. Had a hard time putting it down just like Shanghai Girls. Loved it.

BPLNextBestAdults Apr 20, 2013

Lee returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from her novel “Shanghai Girls” and introduces Pearl’s strong willed nineteen year old daughter Joy. This beautifully crafted novel takes place during China’s tumultuous Cultural Revolution. Joy who was born in California returns to China to find her birth father. She falls in love with a native Chinese man and is living in a commune in rural China. Pearl journeys to China to find her daughter to convince her to return to the United States. See crafts a compelling picture of the struggles of the Chinese people during this difficult time in their history.
The bond of family love and sacrifices that a mother will undertake for her daughter are woven into this compelling tale. Appeal factors are strong character development and compelling historical details make this an excellent read.

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gymgurl
Oct 27, 2012

If you liked Shanghai Girls or any of Lisa See's other books you will love this one. A very good story.

fatoumata1234 Aug 03, 2012

This book is amazing and it is easy to read

gwiver Jul 14, 2012

I maybe a little jaded, but it had a happy ending. It was a great read otherwise. The book and the previous one would make a good miniseries.

sddepaul Jul 11, 2012

I enjoyed this book, especially when the pace quickened during the last fourth of the book. I did not know much about Communist China and will never forget what Joy and Pearl experienced.

mrsgail5756 Jun 27, 2012

Great sequel. Interesting book. Not to be missed

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