Lisa See’s China Dolls
Dmae Roberts talks with acclaimed authorÂ Lisa SeeÂ whose new book,Â China Dolls, features the era of the Asian American nightclubs during the 1930s to 50s.Â Her previous books,Â Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai GirlsÂ andÂ Dreams of JoyÂ focused mainly on characters living in China and some who have emigrated. In China Dolls she focuses on three friends American born Asian Americans girls who come from different backgrounds and ethnicities. Â As always, See’s books covers a long period of time while revealing historic moments in time with vivid and complex memorable characters.Â
Book Synopsis:Â In 1938, Ruby, Helen and Grace, three girls from very different backgrounds, find themselves competing at the same audition for showgirl roles at San Francisco’s exclusive “Oriental” nightclub, the Forbidden City. Grace, an American-born Chinese girl has fled the Midwest and an abusive father. Helen is from a Chinese family who have deep roots in San Francisco’s Chinatown. And, as both her friends know, Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese. At times their differences are pronounced, but the girls grow to depend on one another in order to fulfill their individual dreams. Then, everything changes in a heartbeat with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Suddenly the government is sending innocent Japanese to internment camps under suspicion, and Ruby is one of them. But which of her friends betrayed her.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: (featured top left) LISA SEEÂ is the author of six previous novels, including the critically acclaimedÂ New York TimesÂ bestsellersDreams of Joy, Shanghai Girls,Â Peony in Love,Â Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,Â Flower NetÂ (which was nominated for an Edgar Award),Â The Interior, andÂ Dragon Bones. She is also the author of the widely acclaimed memoirÂ On Gold Mountain. She lives in Los Angeles.
Read a chapter of her book!Â http://www.lisasee.com/chinadolls/