May and Pearl are sisters living comfortably in decadent 1930's Shanghai and working as models. When the Japanese attack, they are forced to migrate to America, where they encounter prejudice and hardships. This novel is one of my stand-out favourite reads of 2011 so far. I wasn't expecting it to be as gritty or in-depth as it was and I loved how the relationship between the two sisters was portrayed, especially as I'm very close to my own sister. The immigrant experience was captured well, as was the fear of all Chinese in America after Mao came to power, and the involvement of the FBI.