A Tale of Two Sisters

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Urban intrigue
A cross section of Shanghai's bustling population in 1936

To call Lisa See a versatile writer would be to understate the case. She's best known for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005) and Peony in Love (2007), best-selling novels set in China's past. But her debut work, On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family, was a nonfiction account of Chinese immigrants to America, and she has written a trio of mysteries set in contemporary China. Now, with Shanghai Girls, she has produced an engrossing tale of two sisters (who become sisters-in-law, too, by marrying brothers) that has links to all her previous...

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