Book Review: 'Dreams of Joy' by Lisa See

Book Review: 'Dreams of Joy' by Lisa See

Dreams of Joy

A Novel

Lisa See

Random House: 354 pp., $26

With each new novel, Lisa See gets better and better. Each work is more tightly woven, richer with information, its characters more memorable than the last.

In her previous novel, "Shanghai Girls" (2009), See gave us an unforgettable portrait of Shanghai, of its cosmopolitan ways and elegant atmosphere that made it a cultural center of Asia, and of two sisters thriving in that world of beauty and delicacy — until history intrudes and forces them to leave it all behind for an uncertain future far away in Los Angeles.

And so it is with "Dreams of Joy," which picks up...