Author Lisa See to discuss China Dolls

April 23, 2014

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Author Lisa See to discuss China Dolls

Join us for an author talk by Lisa See, The New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls, as she discusses her new novel, China Dolls. The program will be held on June 12 in the San Francisco Main Library’s Koret Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade. The stunning Ruby Tom challenges the boundaries of convention at every turn with her defiant attitude and no-holds-barred ambition.

The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. When their dark secrets are exposed and the invisible thread of fate binds them even tighter, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything. A book sale by Readers Books follows the event.

This program is in connection with the exhibition Forbidden City USA: Chinese American Nightclubs 1936-1970, Main Library, Jewett Gallery, now through July 6.

Author Talk: Lisa See
San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St.
June 12, 6:30 p.m.