I just finished reading Shanghai Girls by Lisa See and have to say that while it was just as well researched and told, it wasn't as good as Snow Flower and The Secret Fan, nor Peony in Love. Not to spoil it for anyone who has yet to read it but the book seemed to end in haste and for that reason I was left dissatisfied.
From the backcover:
In 1937 Shanghai - the Paris of Asia - twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree - until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that to repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America. Though inseperable best friends, the sisters also harbo(u)r petty jealousies and rivalries. Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices, and confront a devesatating life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are - Shanghai girls.