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In this new novel, Lisa See (Peony in Love; Snow Flower and the Secret Fan) tracks the stories sister Pearl and May, last seen in her bestseller Shanghai Girls. Much of the impetus of the novel lies in the unbridled, idealistic spirit of Joy, Pearl's teenage daughter. Abandoning her family and their wishes, Joy leaves Shanghai to plunge in 1957 to plunge into the uncertainties of "the Great Leap Forward" in Mao's New China. Worried for her offspring's safety and yearning for reunion, Pearl follows Joy, but even as they converge, dramatic events overtake them. Like its predecessors, See's Dreams of Joy combines richly drawn characters; sweeping, yet plausible plot developments; and convincing settings. Worth recommending.