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A Conversation with Carolyn and Lisa and See

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

A Conversation with Lisa See and Her Mother, Author Carolyn See

Carolyn See: What fun it’s going to be to get to ask you some questions about this wonderful new edition of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan!  God knows, we’ve already had plenty of conversations about it—I’ll be so interested to see some of your answers.  Although you’re a little young to have produced a masterwork, I think Snow Flower plainly is one.  I’m so proud of you! (But then, I always am.)
You know how much I admire the service you did for the Chinese-American community when you wrote On Gold Mountain, and I’m a huge fan of your thrillers.  But Snow Flower is something different and far more profound.  I’ve told you before, I think it compares to Andre Malraux’s Man’s Fate.  It’s deep, honey!  Tell me when, or even if, you first realized that Snow Flower was a different kettle of fish, that you were on to something really big.

Lisa See: I think of Snow Flower as part of a continuum, just the next step in my writing. On Gold Mountain was about my family, and very grounded in history. Snow Flower certainly has those same elements. At the same time, it’s very much a mystery. On page three you learn there’s a secret—a mystery, if you will—about what happened between Lily and Snow Flower, and the answer to it is hidden in the fan. That’s certainly the biggest mystery, but there are others, such as the truth of Snow Flower’s situation. I had to drop in clues for all of these things just as I did in my mysteries. What I’m saying is that I never could have written Snow Flower if I hadn’t written the other books first.  CONTINUE READING

Lisa See Appears on Blog Talk Radio

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Lisa See chats on BlogtalkRadio about Peony in Love.  Click here to have a listen.

Female Trouble - Lisa See Profiled in LA Weekly

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Female Trouble

Lisa See on women’s friendship and the secret written language at the heart of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

LA Weekly, July 8

Lisa See, whose red hair and pale skin obscure her Chinese ancestry, arrives at the F. Suie One Company in Pasadena bearing dim sum — bao buns, shumai, stickers. A mysterious and rarely open Asian antiquities shop, F. Suie One has been in See’s family for a hundred years. As a child, when the shop was still at its original Chinatown location, the author played in the rickshaw and in a great carved wooden bed — as large as a small bedroom.

Over lunch, we discuss her fourth novel and fifth book, the enchanting Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Some years ago, See learned of the secret women’s written language nushu, and her fascination with it took her to Hunan’s Jiangyong County for research. The book is the story of a friendship between two young women who communicate through nushu in this remote, agriculturally lush and culturally repressive region during the 19th century.

L.A. WEEKLY: Where does this book sit in your oeuvre? On Gold Mountain is a memoir. Then came the three mysteries. And now a literary novel?