“I have read On Gold Mountain and Snowflower and the Secret Fan. I believe Peony In Love is Lisa See’s best novel yet. As always, the storytelling kept me completely absorbed, and the trip through the afterlife was unforgettable. I plan to recommend it to my book club at our next meeting.”
— Mary Schreiner
“Lisa See has done it again. Peony In Love is not only an interesting read but filled with the history and culture of the Chinese women. To be entertained and educated at the same time is such a treat The manner in which Lisa See intertwines the novel with the opera The Peony Pavilion is mesmerizing and a work of literary genius.”
—Mary Healey, Avon, Ct.
“I’m a really big fan of Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan so I wasn’t sure she could pull off another story as great but she did. Not only will I recommend this book to other book clubs, I’ll pass along the recommendation to EVERYONE. This one has innocence, devastation, and joy–something for nearly everyone who loves the intriguing mystery of the Asian culture. It will certainly go down as a favorite for the year.”
–Anne Glasgow, Austin TX
“As anticipated, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It is a beautiful love story! I am meeting with my book club tonight and will be recommending that we read it this summer. This is definitely a book suggestion that I know will be accepted. All I have to say is that it’s written by Lisa See and just as wonderful as “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” and they’ll say yes.”
“I enjoyed it very much even though this is not a genre I usually take to. It was an enchanting book that is sure to do well.”
–Amanda Ishtayeh from Mason, Ohio
“This was an enjoyable read & especially as it was historical fiction I had suggested Snow Flower & the Secret Fan to both my book clubs who read it We seem to be on a Mid Eastern & Eastern kick at present so I will suggest Peony next.”
Agnes Buckley in NC
“The intriguing story of Chinese culture and their understanding of the afterlife was fascinating and to learn about women in mid seventeenth century China who were published authors was so surprising. Lisa See has once again combined history with fiction to tell an amazing story.”
NPR : Painful Memories for Chinas Footbinding Survivors
Foot Binding photos from hvattum.net can be seen here.
Lisa See’s new novel, Peony in Love now available for pre-sal. Order Peony in Love from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
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Check out Snow Flower’s Best Seller History.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan in the Paris Metro. Click photo for larger pop up view.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is an Honor Book of the Adult Literature of the Asian/American Award for Literature.
It is also a 2006 Book Sense Honor Book in Adult Fiction.
From Lisa: I get a lot of e-mail from people asking for a recipe to make the sugared taro dessert that Lily and Snow Flower loved. I found a good recipe for it on-line, click here.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan wins the Southern California Booksellers Association Award for Best Novel of 2005.
Lisa See on women’s friendship and the secret written language at the heart of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.
by MICHELLE HUNEVEN
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?
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From the Los Angeles Times:
See’s translucent prose style gleams with the beauty of 19th century Chinese culture but also makes us burn with indignation at its sexist ugliness and injustice. By bringing the secret world of these Chinese women into vivid relief, See has conjured up an alien world that is the better for being lost. Read the full review.
Snow Flower Climbs Best Sellers Lists!
— No. 3, The Los Angeles Times
— No. 9, Booksense
— No. 25, The New York Times Best Sellers List
From the Washington Post:
Through See’s careful, detailed descriptions of life in a remote 19th-century Chinese village, we experience a world where women spend their days in upstairs chambers, kowtowing to elders, serving tea and communicating in nu shu. She reveals to us the horrors of foot binding (foot bent back, bones broken and reshaped), a young girl’s innocent dreams of life in a new home mingled with fears of being married off to a stranger, and the obsession with bearing sons. Woven through all this is the friendship between Lily and Snow Flower, which is compromised when Lily misinterprets a letter from her friend, cutting herself off from the one person she loves most. Years later, when Lily begins to understand her own failings and the depth of Snow Flower’s affection for her, it is too late. She must find other ways to seek forgiveness and make amends. The wonder of this book is that it takes readers to a place at once foreign and familiar — foreign because of its time and setting, yet familiar because this landscape of love and sorrow is inhabited by us all. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a triumph on every level, a beautiful, heartbreaking story. ·Read the full review