SHANGHAI GIRLS by Lisa See, 2009. The story starts out in 1937 in Shanghai, China, the “Paris of Asia” where two young women; Pearl age 21, and May age 18 are living with their parents. Unfortunately their father gambles away all his wealth and he marries off his daughters to the man he owes money to, a first born American citizen of Chinese decent who lives in Los Angeles. The girls rebel against the instructions laid out for them to come to America after the marriages take place, and Pearl even throws away the tickets and traveling information. Meanwhile the Japanese army invades their country and the girls run away with the mother. It was a very sad story reading about all that happens to them before they reach America. I look forward to reading the rest of the book now. They had a rough time of it.