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Dreams of Joy: A Novel Summary
Lisa See

Everything you need to understand or teach Dreams of Joy by Lisa See.

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Dreams of Joy: A Novel Summary

Plot Summary

Written in the alternating first-person perspectives of both nineteen-year-old Joy and her adoptive mother, Pearl, Dreams of Joy describes the events that occur when Joy runs away to communist China in the 1950s in search of her birth parents and true meaning in her life. After finding out that the woman Joy believed to be her aunt was actually her birth mother and that her birth father is an artist living in communist China, Joy steals her college fund and runs away in the middle of the night to China. Joy quickly reunites with her birth father, an artist named Z.G.. However, he is being sent by the government to live with peasants in the countryside to reassess his imperialistic mind. Joy, who has studied Chinese politics in school, is anxious to travel with him, as she believes life on a commune is the most efficient way...

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