Dreams of Joy

Dreams of Joy

A Novel

Book - 2011
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In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan , Peony in Love , and, most recently, Shanghai Girls , Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls , and Pearl's strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy.

Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, and anger at her mother and aunt for keeping them from her, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father--the artist Z.G. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the communist regime.

Devastated by Joy's flight and terrified for her safety, Pearl is determined to save her daughter, no matter the personal cost. From the crowded city to remote villages, Pearl confronts old demons and almost insurmountable challenges as she follows Joy, hoping for reconciliation. Yet even as Joy's and Pearl's separate journeys converge, one of the most tragic episodes in China's history threatens their very lives.

Acclaimed for her richly drawn characters and vivid storytelling, Lisa See once again renders a family challenged by tragedy and time, yet ultimately united by the resilience of love.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2011
ISBN: 9781400067121
Call Number: SEE, L


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Jul 25, 2020

Will I get a call when this book is available for check out? ph.#715-733-0068

Feb 04, 2018

Very enjoyable book. The 3rd book in this series I have read. Love the main characters and learning about their hardships, determination and family bonds. Time in the Mao made country side brought me down as I have read about these atrocities in other books and history. Can't help but think of the lies are own Pres is trying to convince people to believe and the media factions that falsifies info too... seems a dangerous time here in US. Seems we don't learn from the past well enough. Hope "good and intelligence" will continue to win. Lisa See gives us hope.

Jan 09, 2017

Amazing. Absolutely breathtaking. I could not put this book down and when I realized it was coming to a close, I slowly began to feel as though I was saying farewell to my now-displaced friends. I am just now reading "Shanghai Girls" - another of Lisa See's proudly acclaimed novels - not realizing that it was the predecessor to "Dreams of Joy."
Despite reading the two in opposing order, knowing what I now have learned and adapted to See's writing and illusionary style, I am making connects and reflecting back on the character's now-independent choices and how they have resulted in "Dreams of Joy."

trevordunfordswife Nov 12, 2016

Pearl races to rescue Joy who has foolishly run away to Red China to join the Cultural Revolution. I will never forget about her subsequent life on the commune and the unbelievable things that were done in the so-called 'Great Leap Forward' - like breaking glass into the soil that everyone tilled in their (practically) bare feet. I felt so badly for the animals and peasants who couldn't understand any of it...mostly I wanted to turn Joy over my knee and spank her for being a spoiled brat but you do come to sympathize and eventually feel very sorry for her and of course May and Pearl are my true loves from Shanghai Girls. Just an extraordinary novel.

Jul 05, 2016

Enjoyed this book a lot. Loved the characters and the story was very historic at the same time. Very interesting all the things that were going on at the time in China. I learned a lot of history too. Loved the ending, I could not put it down.

Aug 21, 2014

This book must be read after Shanghai Girls. It took me a little bit longer to get into, but once I did the story was engrossing. Had a hard time putting it down just like Shanghai Girls. Loved it.

BPLNextBestAdults Apr 20, 2013

Lee returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from her novel “Shanghai Girls” and introduces Pearl’s strong willed nineteen year old daughter Joy. This beautifully crafted novel takes place during China’s tumultuous Cultural Revolution. Joy who was born in California returns to China to find her birth father. She falls in love with a native Chinese man and is living in a commune in rural China. Pearl journeys to China to find her daughter to convince her to return to the United States. See crafts a compelling picture of the struggles of the Chinese people during this difficult time in their history.
The bond of family love and sacrifices that a mother will undertake for her daughter are woven into this compelling tale. Appeal factors are strong character development and compelling historical details make this an excellent read.

Oct 27, 2012

If you liked Shanghai Girls or any of Lisa See's other books you will love this one. A very good story.

fatoumata1234 Aug 03, 2012

This book is amazing and it is easy to read

gwiver Jul 14, 2012

I maybe a little jaded, but it had a happy ending. It was a great read otherwise. The book and the previous one would make a good miniseries.

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