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Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

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A tale of two mothers, one daughter and a fatherland on the brink of catastrophe...Haunting, passionate and heartbreakingly real, this is the unforgettable new novel by the internationally acclaimed Lisa See.

If you like Lisa See you might also like to read books by John Burdett, Qiu Xiaolong and Mo Hayder.


Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

Nineteen-year-old Joy Louie has run away from her home in 1950s America to start a new life in China. Idealistic and unafraid, she believes that Chairman Mao is on the side of the people, despite what her family keeps telling her. How can she trust them, when she has just learned that her parents have lied to her for her whole life, that her mother Pearl is really her aunt and that her real father is a famous artist who has been living in China all these years? Joy arrives in Green Dragon Village, where families live in crowded, windowless huts and eke out a meagre existence from the red soil. And where a handsome young comrade catches her eye...Meanwhile, Pearl returns to China to bring her daughter home - if she can. For Mao has launched his Great Leap Forward, and each passing season brings ever greater hardship to cities and rural communes alike. Joy must rely on her skill as a painter and Pearl must use her contacts from her decadent childhood in 1930s Shanghai to find a way to safety, and a chance of joy for them both


PRAISE FOR SNOWFLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN: 'Lisa See has written her best book yet ... Achingly beautiful
Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club

'Only the best novelists can do what Lisa See has done, to bring to life not only a character but an entire culture'
Arthur Golden, author of Memoir of a Geisha


'See's writing beguiled me ... A brave, brilliant book'

'A hauntingly beautiful novel of unrequited love'

About the Author

Lisa See
Lisa See is the author of Flower Net, The Interior and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. She lives in Los Angeles. Her new novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a mesmerising novel about two young girls growing up in feudal China.

Photograph © Patricia Williams

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30th November 1999


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