NOT TO BE MISSED, SO "THEY" SAY...(06/10/2014)

Who's "They?" In this instance it's reviewers. I'm not a fan of Lisa See although I loved her first book...then disappointment followed.

Reviewers said not to miss this exciting new novel, set in San Francisco in 1938.  Bestselling author Lisa See of Snowflower and the Secret Fan (my favorite) and Shanghai Girls presents China Dolls, labeled as a fascinating story of three women who become a constant in one another's lives. Their voices are strong and dynamic as they face shocking and unforseen circumstances.

CHINA  DOLLS by Lisa See
In 1938, Ruby, Helen and Grace, three girls from very different backgrounds, find themselves competing at the same audition for showgirl roles at San Francisco's exclusive "Oriental" nightclub, the Forbidden City. Grace, an American-born Chinese girl has fled the Midwest and an abusive father. Helen is from a Chinese family who have deep roots in San Francisco's Chinatown. And, as both her friends know, Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese. At times their differences are pronounced, but the girls grow to depend on one another in order to fulfill their individual dreams. Then, everything changes in a heartbeat with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Suddenly the government is sending innocent Japanese to internment camps under suspicion, and Ruby is one of them. But which of her friends betrayed her?

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