Monday, July 28, 2014

China Dolls by Lisa See (audio)

 ★ 1/2
"When fortune comes, do not enjoy all of it; when advantage comes, do not take all of it."

This is the second book I've read by Lisa See - the first one being Snow Flower and the Secret Fan back in August of 2011.  

The novel tells the story of three "China Dolls" - Ruby, Helen, and Grace who find themselves auditioning to be showgirls in 1938 San Francisco.  All three girls are from very different background and have their own secrets and reasons for leaving their family lives to pursue show business.  I really liked the story and how each of the girls acted with each other and the situations.  I was expecting it to be a "best friends forever" type story - and it sort of was - but there were many ups and downs through the friendships and many acts of betrayal that they each had to overcome.  I also enjoyed that the story was set during World War II.  It was really interesting to see how the girls reacted and how their lives were changed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the war.

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