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WVFC’s Books of Spring

March 4, 2009

Women’s Voices For Change has posted an eclectic and intriguing list of books forthcoming this spring. I especially want to read:

Lisa See, Shanghai Girls. (Random House, $25.00. See’s Snow Flower and the Shanghaigirls
Secret Fan
was called by Amy Tan “achingly beautiful, a marvel of imagination.” In Shanghai Girls, two sisters living in Shanghai in the mid-1930s, May and Pearl, are beautiful, sophisticated, and well-educated, but their family is on the
verge of bankruptcy. When the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel’s Island (the Ellis Island of the West) to marry “Golden Men” who’ve promised to save their home, they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months. Eventually, the
sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

The complete book list is here.

My mom’s fascination for fiction with Asian themes may be rubbing off on me.  “Mom’s China books” have been a family tradition/gentle joke forever.  She read Pearl S. Buck when she was young, and has always gravitated towards books about the Asian experience.   Also, I was born in San Fransisco, and haven’t been back there in ages.  Fascinating to see the city’s experience another way.

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