China Dolls


Product Details

Random House
Publish Date
6.48 X 9.48 X 1.27 inches | 1.38 pounds

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About the Author

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Dreams of Joy, Shanghai Girls, Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior, and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles.


"Superb . . . This emotional, informative and brilliant page-turner resonates with resilience and humanity."--The Washington Post

"This is one of those stories I've always wanted to tell, but Lisa See beat me to it, and she did it better than I ever could. Bravo! Here's a roaring standing ovation for this heartwarming journey into the glittering golden age of Chinese nightclubs."--Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

"A fascinating portrait of life as a Chinese-American woman in the 1930s and '40s."--The New York Times Book Review

"A sweeping, turbulent tale of passion, friendship, good fortune, bad fortune, perfidy and the hope of reconciliation."--Los Angeles Times

"Lisa See masterfully creates unforgettable characters that linger in your memory long after you close the pages."--Bookreporter

"Stellar . . . The depth of See's characters and her winning prose makes this book a wonderful journey through love and loss."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"China Dolls plunges us into a fascinating history and offers an accessible meditation on themes that are still urgent in our contemporary world. The women's story explores burning questions about the possibilities of friendship, the profound effects of betrayal, the horrors of prejudice and the nature of ambition--especially female ambition. . . . These Asian artists were true pioneers, breaking ground, chasing vast dreams, subverting stereotypes simply by appearing onstage against the odds. Here, in China Dolls, they have found another stage of sorts, another place to rightfully shine."--San Francisco Chronicle

"China Dolls is [Lisa See's] most penetrating since Snow Flower and the Secret Fan."--The Seattle Times

"A spellbinding portrait of a time burning with opportunity and mystery."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"[An] impeccably researched and distinctive historical saga of desire and ambition, betrayal and revenge . . . See again lavishly explores the thorny intricacies of female friendships."--Booklist

"Fresh and lively . . . powerful passages . . . a compelling story."--Los Angeles Review of Books

"China Dolls mines a fascinating part of our cultural history through the story of a trio of women who become a complex constant in one another's lives even as the world serves up painful transformation. Lisa See gets so much just right here. You'll want to dive right in."--Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

"Colorful and fascinating historical touches tie the story together perfectly and form an exquisite backdrop."--Library Journal