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China Dolls by Lisa See

Set in 1938 in San Francisco just prior to the opening of the World’s Fair on Treasure Island three young women meet while seeking employment at the Forbidden City night club.  All three Chinese-American women come from different backgrounds, yet they find a common bond in the world of adult nightclubs.  Grace Lee has fled an abusive home in the Midwest and has no idea what it means to be Chinese.  Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown who tries to protect her reputation and disapproves of her working in the nightclub.  Ruby Tom has ambition that w

A Well-Tempered Heart by Jan-Philipp Sendker

This sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats brings Julia Win, a successful Manhattan lawyer, back ten years later to her father’s homeland of Burma.  Julia’s personal life is in turmoil when she begins to hear in her head the voice of NuNu, a Burmese woman who is trying to discover the fate of her son who was a child soldier during the war in Burma.  Julia seeks answers for NuNu and in doing so learns what is truly important in her own life.  This beautifully written story keeps you wanting more while demonstrating what really matters in life.&nb

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Set on a plantation in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803, this novel explores the relationship between two young girls that progresses over thirty-five years.  Sarah, the daughter of the plantation owner, is given for her eleventh birthday ownership of ten-year-old Handful who is to be her handmaid.  The two form a unique bond, learning much from each other and the differences there are between being free and slave.  Sarah is a brilliant and eager student, but she finds out that a young woman’s place is not in education, but in preparing

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