China Dolls: Book Review by Arlene
China Dolls Review:
San Francisco 1938.
Three young women are about to embark on a journey that will take them through their lives until 1988.
They do not know each other. They are very different in their cultures and life experiences, but they are all at a crossroads in their lives at a pivotal moment, when all three, make a choice that brings them to a chance meeting, from that pivotal moment in time they do not look back and a friendship is formed that will bring them love, sadness, betrayal, success, failure, marriage, children and in the end of it all, will the bond of friendship survive? How could it? This friendship has shaped their lives for 50 years and continued to do so.
This story by Lisa See gives us the reader a view through the portal of this golden age of the Chinese Nightclub circuit during this time in history.
Lisa See, through her heartfelt research, reaches us the reader where we can feel the drama of the times, the struggles to make it and become well known, famous and successful and we watch and feel the bonds of this friendship abound, fail and bounce back through their journey together and apart.
China Dolls Book Recommendation:
I enjoyed this book. I did not feel though that it was the best of Lisa See’s work but she did not disappoint me so much that I would not choose to not recommend it.
It was certainly worth the read. If you choose to read it too do so. You will be entertained and learn about who the China Dolls were and how they influenced nightclubs, movies and television during that time.
So come meet Grace, Helen and Ruby as they take you on their journey from San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami and New York.
They danced through their lives together, apart and together again…at least for a little while.
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