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Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

The Shanghai Girls of Lisa See's novel are Pearl and May Chin. In 1937, they're living privileged lives in Shanghai when their family goes bankrupt due to their father's gambling debts. To settle those debts, the girls are sold as wives to two Chinese brothers in the U.S. The girls and their mother deliberately miss their boat, only to find themselves caught in the Japanese invasion. They eventually make their way to Angel Island where all immigrants to Los Angeles are kept, where they survive a long interrogation. They're eventually wed to the brothers, and find themselves second-class citizens in both their new families and new country. Despite occasional rivalries, the two sisters know they'll always have each other. Shanghai Girls has received mostly positive reviews with BookPage saying, "Satisfying on so many levels, See’s latest is above all a confirmation of unbreakable family bonds, as two Shanghai girls survive seemingly insurmountable setbacks, both at home and abroad."
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