Sacrifice. Lisa See takes readers on a roller coaster ride of emotional ups and downs in her new novel, Dreams of Joy, which is a sequel to an earlier work, Shanghai Girls. While Pearl and May were the protagonists of the earlier novel, daughter Joy takes center stage in the sequel. At age 19 in 1957, she impulsively leaves California and heads to China to find her birth father. What follows is a dark story of the hard life in China at that time, and the failed policies of Mao. Pearl also leaves California to find Joy, and her sacrifice of love for her child and Joy’s own sacrifices provide much of the emotional tone of this novel. Readers who love a well-told story and vivid description will find a lot to enjoy on these pages.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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