I won an ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I hadn't read the first book in this series, Shanghai Girls, but the set-up was explained well in a brief prologue and I never felt confused about anything. Dreams of Joy has a clear, simple and punchy style. At the start of the novel, I found the characters and setting to be somewhat flat, but the book grew more and more exciting as it went along. I ended up enjoying it a whole lot. It was perfect for a long plane trip where I needed something diverting. I have read a couple other books that described The Great Leap Forward (like Wild Swans by Jung Chang), but it was very interesting to see it from the point of view of Chinese-Americans who had returned to the motherland. I would definitely read other books by Lisa See.