China Dolls

China Dolls

Audiobook CD - 2014
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It's 1938, in San Francisco. A world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy them.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio : Books on Tape, p2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780385394154
0385394152
Branch Call Number: CD F SEE NVD
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (15 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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ArapahoeJane Oct 19, 2018

Through the lives of three well-developed characters, this book offers an interesting perspective on "patriotic" and cultural behavior during WWII. An enjoyable tale!

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FVReader
Apr 17, 2015

I enjoy Lisa See's books and this is no exception. It's a fun, interesting story and the voices of the narrators was well done, giving each of the girls a personality and style.
However, I found this to be a rather superficial story about beauty & fame. I really liked the historical & cultural aspects.
An enjoyable story and one to be recommended but not my favorite Lisa See book.

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maipenrai
Aug 25, 2014

*** stars. 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? **** I usually really like Lisa See's novels, but this book fell a little short with me. I thought the "great denoument" was telegraphed with a partial revelation. I have enjoyed her mysteries and her novels set in historical China much more. I did not bond as successfully with these characters.

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ADULT_SUMMER
Jul 29, 2014

patron review:

Fascinating period in California history; disappointed in the 3 narrators.

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bxrlover
Jul 19, 2014

This is the first Lisa See book that I haven't loved. Her writing style in this one seems much more like that of Amy Tan; more YA than adult fiction.

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