Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See
May and Pearl, two educated sisters living in Shanghai in the mid-1930s, belong to a family on the verge of bankruptcy. To repay his debts, their father decides to sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. When the sisters arrive in the West, they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months. The situation becomes more desperate when May discovers she’s pregnant. Books will be available at the Reference Desk.