Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
China Dolls, by Lisa See
I found this book fascinating; a history of West Coast Chinese American performers, before and after the second World War, as they seek fame and fortune in night clubs, carnival side shows, movies, television, and the Chop Suey circuit. Three young women are central to the story: Grace Lee, from Plainstown, Ohio; Helen Fong, from San Francisco; and Ruby Tom, from Hawaii. Applying for jobs as dancers at San Francisco's Forbidden City nightclub, they become friends. Ambition, love, secrets, and betrayals keep their friendships rocky.