Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
A Novel

85%

15 Critic Reviews

With each new novel, Lisa See gets better and better. Each work is more tightly woven, richer with information, its characters more memorable than the last.
-LA Times

Synopsis

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In 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 lives.

BONUS: This edition contains a Dreams of Joy discussion guide.
 

About Lisa See

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Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of 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.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published May 31, 2011 by Random House. 369 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dreams of Joy
All: 15 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on May 31 2011

...this is a riveting, meticulously researched depiction of one of the world’s worst human-engineered catastrophes.

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NY Times

Below average
on Jun 09 2011

...the reader is dragged through the last stages of the plot...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 04 2011

...See's many readers will be pleased to see the continued development of Pearl and May's relationship. Looks like another hit.

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Financial Times

Good
on Aug 12 2011

...this is a compulsively readable novel that teaches us much about the human condition and how we are hard-wired for survival.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jun 06 2011

No writer has better captured the voice and heart of Chinese culture both in America and in China as See has done in SHANGHAI GIRLS and now in DREAMS OF JOY.

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LA Times

Excellent
on May 15 2011

With each new novel, Lisa See gets better and better. Each work is more tightly woven, richer with information, its characters more memorable than the last.

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Dallas News

Good
on Jun 10 2011

Sequels are all the literary rage these days, but it’s a rare follow-up that lives up to its predecessor’s magic or power. Author Lisa See proves the exception to that rule with her latest historical novel, Dreams of Joy...

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Good

See’s unflinching prose captures this devastating period of history as its horrors unfolds...

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The Seattle Times

Good
on Jun 04 2011

...See keeps her eyes focused on the women — their standing, their predicaments, their resourcefulness. This is what makes her books so popular.

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Denver Post

Good
on Jun 26 2011

...the stories are vivid because their inhabitants live fully woven into the cloth of their time.

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About.com

Excellent

Dreams of Joy is See’s seventh novel and easily her most powerful.

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Tulsa World

Good
on Mar 11 2012

"Dreams of Joy" navigates through a number of complex relationships. It is Joy's relationship with Pearl...that carries the length of the story...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Above average
on May 16 2011

The opening pages contain a somewhat clumsy recap of key plot points from Shanghai Girls...

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USA Today

Excellent
on Jul 08 2011

Her rich detail and astonishing research of the time is breathtaking.

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Murphreesboro Pulse

Excellent
on May 02 2012

See’s writing is at once both lovely and heartbreaking, making this one of her best novels to date.

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