China Dolls

China Dolls

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014 | Unabridged
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"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?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780385394185
0385394187
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (15 hours, 12 minutes, 29 seconds))
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Additional Contributors: Long, Jodi
OverDrive, Inc

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ArapahoeJane Oct 19, 2018

Through the lives of three well-developed characters, this book offers an interesting perspective on "patriotic" and cultural behavior during WWII. An enjoyable tale!

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FVReader
Apr 17, 2015

I enjoy Lisa See's books and this is no exception. It's a fun, interesting story and the voices of the narrators was well done, giving each of the girls a personality and style.
However, I found this to be a rather superficial story about beauty & fame. I really liked the historical & cultural aspects.
An enjoyable story and one to be recommended but not my favorite Lisa See book.

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maipenrai
Aug 25, 2014

*** stars. 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? **** I usually really like Lisa See's novels, but this book fell a little short with me. I thought the "great denoument" was telegraphed with a partial revelation. I have enjoyed her mysteries and her novels set in historical China much more. I did not bond as successfully with these characters.

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ADULT_SUMMER
Jul 29, 2014

patron review:

Fascinating period in California history; disappointed in the 3 narrators.

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bxrlover
Jul 19, 2014

This is the first Lisa See book that I haven't loved. Her writing style in this one seems much more like that of Amy Tan; more YA than adult fiction.

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