We know a lot of you are Lisa See fans—this makes today a big day since her fourth novel, Dreams of Joy, is hitting bookstore shelves. And it sounds like a novel worth waiting for. In her review, contributor Stephenie Harrison says, "Ever the consummate historian, See brings to life the realities of China during Mao’s Great Leap Forward, providing a fascinating and frightening new world for her readers to immerse themselves in."

See tells us how the book came about in a revealing Q&A. "I didn’t plan to write a sequel. I thought the end of Shanghai Girls was a new beginning. Readers thought otherwise. Absolutely everyone, including my publisher, asked for a sequel."

I heard Lisa See speak at the BEA author breakfast a couple of years ago, and she was wonderful. Though I haven't read Dreams yet, I'm thinking I'll pick it up soon. How about you?

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