Years ago I read Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See and it is one of those books I still think of these years later. Dreams of Joy will no doubt be long thought of as well. In spite of some really painful imagery, I could not put it down. My friend visited China last year and came back telling me a lot I didn’t know about life during the Great Leap Forward, just heartbreaking stories. This book was even more graphic, but a strong chord of beauty runs through every page. I only regret that I did not read Shanghai Girls first, as Dreams of Joy begins where that story ended. I was very sad to come to the end of the book.