#12, Read 12 novels, 1/12
I went to a book signing in March and purchased the novel, China Dolls, by Lisa See. I took the book on vacation with me recently, and I had a hard time putting it down long enough to see the sights. I just needed to know what was going to happen next.
I have read other novels by Lisa See, including Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls, so I wasn’t surprised that I enjoyed China Dolls too. The characters are full of surprises and charm and chutzpah.
The novel takes place in the 1930s and 1940s, and I just happened to pick it up after I had visited Little Tokyo. I had just learned about executive order 9066, the relocation camps, and the prejudice against Asians after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, at the Japanese American Museum the week before.
And Lisa See’s work of historical fiction brought it all to life. You can hear her talk about the book in this interview.
If you are part of a book club, you might like to choose China Dolls or one of Lisa See’s other novels for your selection. The author sometime skypes with book clubs.
Visit her website for more information.
If you are looking for a book for Memorial Weekend, stash China Dolls in your tote.
It’s a sure thing.
235 days to go!