|Devastated after discovering the shocking truth about her mother and father, Joy (from See''s bestselling "Shanghai Girls") flees to China to find a new life (and her real father)--and Pearl, realizing what has happened, sets out for Mao''s China, resolved to find her daughter. A #1 "New York Times" bestseller.|
|From the Publisher:
#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.
The sequel to Lisa See's SHANGHAI GIRLS advances the plot another generation as Joy Li absconds from postwar Los Angeles in search of her artist father Z.G. in China. Immersed in the dramatic cultural shifts of Mao's communist regimes, Joy uncritically embraces the movement as she and Z.G. are ordered out of the city to educate rural villagers. While the human cost of China's rapid transformations mount in DREAMS OF JOY, Joy's mother Pearl crosses the ocean to rescue her daughter from dangers the extent of which are only beginning to unfold.
"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."
- Susan Salter Reynolds
"As always, See creates an immersive atmosphere--her rural China is far from postcard pretty--but Joy's education is a stellar example of finding new life in a familiar setup, and See's many readers will be pleased to see the continued development of Pearl and May's relationship. Looks like another hit." (starred review)