Dreams of Joy

Dreams of Joy

Audiobook CD - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2011
ISBN: 9780739359358
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (15.5 hr.) :,digital ;,12 cm., in container
Additional Contributors: Song, Janet


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Feb 12, 2013

Fantastic read for anyone that has spent time in China

Dec 14, 2012

I enjoyed this book. Not as much as the prequel in the series (Shanghai Girls) this is because I found myself very irritated with Joy, her naivety and ignorance drove me nuts and I just wanted to shake her. I can only assume that this reaction is what the author had aimed for. It was well written and moving. The narrator does a great job.

Jun 27, 2012

Shanghai Girls" was a tough act to follow, but the author totally pulled it off. Although it took a while for me to get into the story, once I did I was completely enthralled.

So, so, so, so good.

werblow Apr 02, 2012

Great continuation of Shanghai Girls. Loved it.

Mar 02, 2012

loved this book. so interesting and well written.

gracie723 Jan 16, 2012

So good! It will keep you listening from start to finish--you won't want to put it down! The narrator really adds to the enjoyment of the story and is also very easy to understand. 👍👍👍

Nov 05, 2011

Loved it. This is a really good continuation of Shanghai Girls. It's about love, family, relationships, ideology, hopes, dreams, disappointments.
The story of Joy and her family is touching, warm and wrought with all the difficulties of family.
The story of China's Great Leap Forward was heartbreaking in its impact on the people.

Cdnbookworm Aug 07, 2011

This book is a sequel to the earlier Shanghai Girls. Following the revelations at the end of that book, Joy is feeling guilt and shame. Her college experiences have also led her to idolize China's political changes, and she decides to go to China and search for her father, the artist Z.G. Li. She arrives just a Z.G. is going off to the countryside to "learn from real life" and teach art skills to peasants. She goes with him and finds herself drawn to a certain young man.
Pearl is also hard hit by the events at the end of the previous novel, but is worried about Joy and takes off after her. She does so with some planning though instead of running headlong like Joy. She sets up communication links and possible allies. Pearl finds herself back in her family's home in Shanghai, where things are both unchanged and changed immensely. As Pearl follows Joy, she confronts her past and finds courage for a new future.
With China imposing the Great Leap Forward, much is changing in the country as well, and these changes will have great impact on the two women.
A moving epic of a story, with lots of personal growth for both characters.

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