I read 'Peony in Love' and really liked the story and storytelling.
When 'Shanghai Girls' came out, I bought it too, in the hope that this story would be just as fascinating.
But what a disappointment. It was OK in some parts but got worse the further the story got. Lisa See is just droning on and on about things that could have been told in a couple of pages, like the Angel Island part, which went on for too long.
After suffering through more pages about Pearl and May settling down in their husbands' apartment, I just couldn't bear to continue reading the story and threw the book out.