Dreams of Joy

1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn her most powerful novel yet, acclaimed author Lisa See returns to 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, 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 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn her most powerful novel yet, acclaimed author Lisa See returns to 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, 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 livesNUS This edition contains a Dreams of Joy discussion guide.
Dreams of Joy NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn her most powerful novel yet acclaimed author Lisa See returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls and Pearl s strong willed nineteen year old daug

  • Title: Dreams of Joy
  • Author: Lisa See
  • ISBN: 9780679604891
  • Page: 385
  • Format: ebook
  • 1 thought on “Dreams of Joy”

    1. If my mother would have read this book, firstly, she would scoff at Joy for being an ignorant fool and then latched her eyes onto me sternly saying, "See, this is what happens when you do not listen to your mother!" But then, if we do listen to our mothers all the time, how would we craft our own experiences, crash down in our mistakes and strive for success in our own astute ways. Joy was restless, enthusiastic and an erratic teen who like many other adolescent Chinese immigrants romanticized M [...]

    2. Beautiful, beautiful bookd a bit horrifying as well. I was unaware when I started this book that it was part of a well-known series involving Pearl and Mae, two of the story's main characters. Joy is the 19 year old daughter of Chinese nationals who relocated to California at the start of China's "Cultural Revolution". The book opens with the death of Joy's father and a startling family skeleton revealed. Deeply shaken, Joy leaves the US to pursue her idea of China. Believing, as only a college [...]

    3. I'll say at the outset: I love Lisa See. I loved On Gold Mountain: The 100 Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family. The Flower Net, Shanghai Girls, Peony in Love, and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I love her writing, her carefully researched hstory, her political commitment, and deft creation of characters, her portrayal of relationships, especially family ones.So I was thrilled to win her soon-to-be-published new work, book:Dreams of Joy: A Novel|9500416] from the giveaway.But I was also [...]

    4. Dreams of Joy is Lisa See’s sequel to Shanghai Girls, but that isn’t really what it is is really the completion of what was, for me, an incomplete story. It would be like having Gone With the Wind end when Scarlett gets back to Tara after the burning of Atlantayou would feel cheated, because you would know there were a lot of important pieces of this story that you didn’t yet know. It just couldn’t have ended there. Everything truly important happens in GWTW after that point, your unders [...]

    5. This is one of my favorite books of all time! Its the powerful and satisfying conclusion to "Shanghai Girls."Exquisitely written down to the last vivid detail in this amazing journey across 1950s China and into the heart of what it means to be a family. If you were awestruck by Lisa See's "Shanghai Girls," prepare yourself for an even finer novel with "Dreams of Joy" completing the tapestry with compelling and mesmerizing redemptive power. Great sense of place and evolution of somewhat flawed, b [...]

    6. So, Shanghai girls ended with me screaming WHAT THE? THAT'S IT!? IT'S OVER. AUGH! BUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?So there's this book to answer the question. Spoiler for Shanghai Girls, but Joy runs away to China which is the stupidest thing she could do since it's when Mao took over.Pearl goes out of her way to find her and bring her home.The only problem with this book is perhaps things resolve a bit too neatly. It's why I'd give it more of a 3.5. The best thing about this book is learning what Ch [...]

    7. This was a phenomenal follow-up to Shanghai Girls. The themes leaped out at me -- mother-daughter, sister-sister, and overall family relationships tie this whole story together in the deepest of ways, and more than once I teared up while listening; I recently made a pretty big mistake that hurt my parents and my sister, and this turned into such a perfect read when I was searching for a way to mend things, as I listened to Joy and Pearl come back together.While Shanghai Girls saw Pearl and May g [...]

    8. In Shanghai Girls you read about the Japanese Invasion of China, and follow Pearl and her sister May as they try to escape China after their family unravels. In order to get to America, they must go through some horrific ordeals. "Dreams of Joy" is the continuation of this book. In this book, Pearl and her daughter, Joy are the narrators. Here, you read more about the Chinese "Great Leap Forward." While not as plot-driven and laced with conflict as Shanghai Girls was, this book is a fictional lo [...]

    9. I'm thrilled that there is a sequel to Shanghai Girls! This looks good; I can't wait to read it. Just can't decide if I should buy the book or read on my Kindle! If you have not read Shanghai Girls yet go get yourself a copy.This book was so good; I'm a little bummed out that I've finished reading it. I'm not going to recap the whole plot because so many other people have done so on their reviews. It's really about relationships within a family, and life in communist China during the 'Great Leap [...]

    10. Writing a review about this excellent book is difficult. I just do not want to give too much away.Joy is the daughter of May, but has been brought up by Pearl. When she finds out that the two sisters have been lying to her about who is her mother and who is her father, she leaves LA to become a Chinese socialist in Mao Zedong's Peoples Republic of China (PRC) and find her birth father.She DOES find her birth father, Z.G. Li and visits the countryside. There she falls in love with a local farmer [...]

    11. My main complaint here was that the suspension of disbelief required for this book was a bit much. I enjoyed the story -- once I just decided to suck it up and suspend -- and the description of the famine that resulted from the Great Leap Forward was heartbreaking, but overall I just couldn't get past how ridiculously improbably the entire scenario was. Starting from pretty much the first page you have situations that just defy reason. The only real conclusion we're left to draw as readers is th [...]

    12. Initially, I thought that having Joy and Pearl return to China was such an obvious device that I was disappointed. Joy was naive, judgmental, and superficial; Pearl still critical. Not a great leap forward.Then, it got more interesting: they arrive in 1950's China and serve as sort of tour guides through the various parts of Chinese society. Vicariously, I spent time in a commune; I spent time at banquets in Shanghai. Most interesting.Meanwhile, quietly, the characters grow: Joy becomes a fully [...]

    13. I am glad I read this one, to learn the continuing story of sisters May and Pearl, and daughter Joy, but I do not think this book was as good as the previous ones. We meet up with Joy again as she has run away from home to go back to China to help build the new revolution. It is the 1950s, Mao has come to power in 1949, and Joy is burning with excitement over communes, socialism, etc. She soon learns that it is not all as romantic as she had thought, however, as she reunites with her birth-fathe [...]

    14. On August 23, 1957, nineteen-year-old Joy, is a confused and upset Chinese girl. Everything she thought she knew about her birth has been a lie! The woman she thought was her mother was her aunt. Her aunt is actually her mother, and the man she loved as her father turns out not to have been her father at all and now he’s dead. Her “biological” father is an artist from Shanghai whom both her mother and aunt have loved since before Joy was born. His name is Li Zhi-ge or Z.G. Li Zhi-ge used t [...]

    15. Since Dreams of Joy is the sequel to Shanghai Girls, there will be some necessary spoilers here. If you haven’t read Shanghai Girls, it is necessary to understand the full story - there are numerous references to happenings in the first book. Picking up immediately where Shanghai Girls left off, Dreams of Joy begins with Joy’s distress after her father’s death and the revelation that the mother she has known all her life is her aunt and her real father is somewhere in Shanghai. Unable to m [...]

    16. "Dreams of Joy" is far more powerful, compelling and altogether richer than its predecessor, Shanghai Girls. In that book, we followed sisters May and Pearl from their "beautiful girl" days in Shanghai through a perilous and life-altering escape from China, a (deliberately) long wait on Angel Island and a new life in Chinatown (Los Angeles). Dreams of Joy is a mother-daughter story, a story of idealism meeting reality, and the strength of familial bonds.Joy flees to China when faced with a revel [...]

    17. This is a second in a series and I would not recommend reading it prior to reading Shanghai Girls. In the first book, two young women, sisters, leave China fleeing wartime atrocities perpetrated by the invading Japanese and family tragedy to make a home in 1930’s California. Twenty years later, one of their daughters, runs away from a family tragedy of her own back to China where she is convinced the Communist Revolution is building a more just world for all humanity. It is 1957, the start of [...]

    18. Digital audiobook performed by Janet Song.This is the sequel to Shanghai Girls and any synopsis, no matter how brief, will include a spoiler for anyone who hasn’t read the first book. So, I’m going to dispense with that, other than to say that this book really focuses on China and the results of the cultural revolution.The novel gives the reader an horrific look at the Great Leap Forward and the devastating results of grandiose ideas imposed with little practical thought. The scenes of priva [...]

    19. I enjoyed this book more than Shanghai Girls. I'm sure there will be another to come out based on the characters.

    20. Very well written and took many twists that I was not expecting. I learned a lot about Communist China that I found interesting and want to learn more.

    21. Dreams of Joy (Copied from my blog A Satisfying Affair)(Note: This review contains spoilers for Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. It would be difficult to avoid Shanghai Girls spoilers here, as Dreams of Joy is a sequel to that book, but I promise Dreams of Joy will not be spoiled here.) I have been a fan of Lisa See ever since I first read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan four years ago. I’ve found all of the books by her that I’ve read well-written and engaging, and every time I read something ne [...]

    22. American author Lisa See’s Dreams Of Joy is a disappointing sequel to her previous offering, Shanghai Girls.That 2009 novel chronicled the lives of sisters Pearl and May Chin as they fled Shanghai upon its fall to the Japanese and end up in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. In this novel, the journey is taken in reverse: Joy, born of May but raised by Pearl, runs away from home and heads to China, partly due to family drama, partly because she has become involved in a communist club at college and now [...]

    23. Lisa See is an amazing literary voice. I have read all her work and she never disappoints. Her lyrical prose transports me. I have never been so vividly transported to China before reading her most recent work, "Dreams of Joy". Dreams of Joy tells the story of Joy, a Chinese-American at the the time of the inception of Mao's Great Leap Forward. A heartbreaking tragedy and a family secret come to light sends Joy on a journey to China to find herself and her biological father. Joy is idealistic an [...]

    24. If you want to read/understand about China without it being 'helped' (all pun intended towards "The Help") along by strange, stilted "orientalist" notions of how it used to be in the old times, this would NOT be the book/series to read.As an articulate asian (from Singapore), it pains me to read such trash passing off as historic fiction/filtered through what are very much western eyes (doesn't matter if the writer knows Amy Tan or has See as a surname) and targeted to what are clearly western n [...]

    25. Dreams of Joy by Lisa SeePublisher: Random HousePublished Date: May 31, 2011ISBN: 978-1400067121Pages: 368Genre: Historical Fiction; Contemporary FictionRating: 4.5 out of 5Book Summary: 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, continu [...]

    26. I didn't like this book very much at all. Mainly this was due to two issues: this was picked by my book club before I had read the book preceeding this one (Shanghai Girls ) and I really did not identify with the main main character, Joy, at all. (Her mother, the secondary main character, was much more sympathetic to me). Let me explain: So this book starts out right after a huge family altercation where Joy (19 years old, of Chinese heritage, but born and raised in the U.S.) finds out that her [...]

    27. “I remember the story Tao told me about the water buffalo and why it wore blinders. He said the animal’s suffering in this life was punishment for things it had done in a past life. Now I think of a different reason. To make an ox or water buffalo work so hard, it needs to be blinded and uninformed. That’s what the government is doing to the masses now. Why? Because peasants are China’s true beasts of burden. Still, no one blames Chairman Mao.” Dreams of Joy by Lisa See is a powerful b [...]

    28. My,oh my! I have to admit that I've often found history boring, and I never really thought I'd like to read about the plight of the Chinese during the reign of Mao-Tse-Tung, and all that went on during the Great Leap Forward, in the PRC (Peoples Republic of China). However, with Ms. See at the helm, the journey you make with Pearl back into Red China is unforgettable, literally.Very strongly recommend the reading of Shanghai Girls first, to get the most out of this work. It was also wonderful. T [...]

    29. Just finished this book yesterday. I have to say, I was not a big fan of the first in the series, "Shanghai Girls." In fact, I went back to see what I rated it and was surprised to see I gave it a four! I was sure I must have left a three. I was not planning on reading the sequel at all, but a friend of mine had purchased the book and passed it on to me, where it has since sat on my shelf for six months until this week, where I couldn't put it down. Wow. The character development, the writing, a [...]

    30. “Maybe stories and memories are destined to be incomplete”― Lisa See, Dreams of Joy I'm glad I decided to read the 2 stories together since the ending of "Shanghai Girls" is the beginning of "Dreams of Joy". It's a family saga that spans about 25 years between the two stories; it begins in Shanghai moves to LA then returns to China.The first part in mostly the story of two sisters, Pearl and May, told by Pearl.(tbc)“So often, we're told that women's stories are unimportant. After all, wh [...]

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