It's 1938 and the exclusive Oriental nightclub in San Francisco's Forbidden City is holding auditions for showgirls. In the dark, scandalous glamour of the club, three girls from very different backgrounds stumble into each other lives.
All the girls have secrets. Grace, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest and an abusive father. Helen is from a Chinese family which has deep roots in San Francisco's Chinatown. And, as both her friends know, Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese.
Then, in a heartbeat, everything changes. The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor and paranoia, suspicion, and a shocking act of betrayal, threaten to destroy their lives.
Lisa See is the author of seven previous novels, including the critically acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Dreams of Joy, Shanghai Girls, Peony in Love and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, a Richard & Judy pick which sold 2 million copies worldwide. She is also the author of the widely acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. She lives in Los Angeles. www.lisasee.com www.facebook.com/lisaseebooks @Lisa See