Summary

Reunite with Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s daughter Joy in the midst of China's Great Leap Forward. A continuation of the characters from her best seller Shanghai Girls.
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.
Meanwhile, Pearl returns to China to bring Joy home - if she can. For Mao has launched his Great Leap Forward, and each passing season brings ever greater hardship. 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.
©2011 Lisa See (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Victoria on 30-03-13

Wow

Very rarely write reviews, but just had to. This has got to be in my top 5 books of all time. Expertly written... empathy but not sentimental; exciting but realistic; and really ignited an interest in the era for me. Enjoyed Shanghai Girls very much, so downloaded this sequel, and this has blown its predecessor out of the water! I know some fellow book club members found Shanghai Girls a little too brutal, and if you are sensitive then this book is 'worse' and may not be for you, but the issues are important and sensitively dealt with. A big well done and thankyou to Lisa See. I will always remember this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Yulia on 19-04-18

Great listen!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great listen! The narrator did a fantastic job - I was engaged the whole time and the different voices were not annoying. The story is gripping, I listened almost in one sitting. Educational, well researched, full characters that claim your attention and empathy - this is fiction at its best. I took away one star however because there is an element right at the end of the book that I think is ridiculous and out of character for the "realistic-ness" of the rest of the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anne on 17-11-12

Hardship and sadness of the times of the times

Where does Dreams of Joy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10

Which character – as performed by Janet Song – was your favorite?

Pearl and Joy were both amazing.

Any additional comments?

A interesting look at the times ,lies and hardships faced by the chineese people during
the late 40s and early 50s
The novel shows the strength of bonds , love & ties over the decades.

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