Dreams of Joy

by Lisa See

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Set in 1950s China during Mao’s brutal ’great leap forward’ this heart-rending story of a mother's love is a gripping and mesmerising read. And with the research the author has done, an education as well. This book can be read as a ’stand-alone’ but it follows on from where Shanghai Girls left off.

Dreams of Joy Synopsis

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. Haunting, passionate and heartbreakingly real, this is the unforgettable new novel by the internationally acclaimed Lisa See.

Dreams of Joy Press Reviews

'Deep and unforgettable ... one of the best depictions of the true spirit of motherhood you'll ever see in fiction'
LA Times

'A saga that presses topical buttons ... there is plenty of high emotion and heartbreak, plus the fascination of its setting'
Sunday Times

'Once again, See's research feels impeccable, and she has created an authentic, visually arresting world'
Washington Post

'See paints a vivid portrait of communist China. Her rich detail and astonishing research of the time is breathtaking'
USA Today

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ISBN: 9781408822609
Publication date: 10/05/2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408822296
Publication date: 01/08/2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408822609
Publication date: 10th May 2012
Author: Lisa See
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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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