Shanghai Girls & A Walk Across the Sun

Book Pairing

Shanghai Girls    A Walk Across the Sun

While the first book takes place during the 1930’s in China and then moves to Los Angeles, the second is set right when the famous “Boxing Day” Tsunami hits the shores of India in 2004.  The time periods, cities and cultures are different from one another, but there are striking links that connect these novels together.  For instance, the main characters are two sisters who struggle to survive from a tragedy—whether it be war or a natural disaster, respectively.  Both pairs of sisters are forced to do things against their will by either being part of arranged marriages or being sold into the sex trade.  There is unfortunately rape in both these stories but one of the sisters in each book becomes pregnant as well, creating tension in one tale yet new beginnings in the other.  No matter what, both novels depict how strong the sisters can be when faced by such difficult challenges and they happen to stay connected by loving each other and looking out for one another.  I have to say that Addison’s book is longer and has more disturbing issues than See’s work, but both will take you away and give you hope in the end.

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