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Lisa See

Autor(a) de Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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About the Author

Lisa See was born in Paris but grew up in Los Angeles, spending much of her time in Chinatown. She is of Chinese decent. Her first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. The book traces mostrar mais the journey of Lisa's great-grandfather, Fong See. Her first fiction novel, Flower Net (1997) was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and on the Los Angeles Times Best Books List for 1997. Flower Net was also nominated for an Edgar award for best first novel. In addition to writing books, Ms. See was the Publishers Weekly West Coast Correspondent for 13 years. Her bestselling novels, all inspired by her Chinese heritage, include Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, A Peony in Love, Shanghi Girls, Dreams of Joy and China Dolls. Among her awards and recognitions are the Organization of Chinese Americans Women's 2001 award as National Woman of the Year and the 2003 History Makers Award presented by the Chinese American Museum. See serves as a Los Angeles City Commissioner. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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(eng) Lisa See collaborated with her mother Carolyn See and her mother's companion John Espey to write several novels, published under the pseudonym Monica Highland.

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Obras de Lisa See

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005) 11,254 cópias
Shanghai Girls (2009) 4,624 cópias
Peony in Love (2007) 3,242 cópias
Dreams of Joy (2011) 1,791 cópias
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (2017) 1,752 cópias
The Island of Sea Women (2019) 1,652 cópias
China Dolls (2014) 1,152 cópias
Lady Tan's Circle of Women (2023) 732 cópias
The Flower Net (1997) 671 cópias
Dragon Bones (2003) 537 cópias
The Interior (1999) 419 cópias

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Kendall, Lisa See
Outros nomes
Highland, Monica (pseudonym)
See, Lisa
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Parijs, Frankrijk
Locais de residência
Los Angeles, California, USA
Loyola Marymount University
See, Carolyn (mother)
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Monument Authority (Los Angeles City Commissioner)
Organization of Chinese American Women (National Woman of the Year, 2001)
Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award (2003)
Pequena biografia
See www.lisasee.com/Bio.htm
Lisa See is an American writer and novelist. Her books include On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), a detailed account of See's family history, and the novels Flower Net (1997), The Interior (1999), Dragon Bones (2003), Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005), Peony in Love (2007) and Shanghai Girls (2009), which made it to the 2010 New York Times bestseller list. Both Shanghai Girls and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan received honorable mentions from the Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature.

See's novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (2017), is a powerful story about circumstances, culture, and distance among the Akha people of Xishuangbanna, China. It paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond of family.

See's most recent novel, The Island of Sea Women, is a story about female friendship and family secrets on Jeju Island before, during and in the aftermath of the Korean War. It was released on March 5, 2019.

Flower Net, The Interior, and Dragon Bones make up the Red Princess mystery series. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love focus on the lives of Chinese women in the 19th and 17th centuries respectively. Shanghai Girls (2009) chronicles the lives of two sisters who come to Los Angeles in arranged marriages and face, among other things, the pressures put on Chinese-Americans during the anti-Communist mania of the 1950s. See completed a sequel titled Dreams of Joy, released in May 2011. China Dolls (June 2014) deals with Chinese American nightclub performers of the 1930s and 1940s.

Writing under the pen name Monica Highland, See, her mother Carolyn See, and John Espey, published two novels: Lotus Land (1983), 110 Shanghai Road (1986), and Greetings from Southern California (1988), a collection of early 20th Century postcards and commentary on the history they represent. She has a personal essay ("The Funeral Banquet") included in the anthology Half and Half.

See has donated her personal papers (1973–2001) to UCLA. During the 2012 Golden Dragon Chinese New Year Parade in Los Angeles Chinatown, See served as the Grand Marshal.
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Lisa See collaborated with her mother Carolyn See and her mother's companion John Espey to write several novels, published under the pseudonym Monica Highland.



On Gold Mountain, Lisa See em World Reading Circle (Agosto 2013)


I borrowed this book from my local library. It's a book club read for April 2024.

Haenyeo are the sea women of Jeju Island, a large isle off the coast of South Korea and near Japan. They are deep sea divers, a role traditionally given to women in the matrifocal society: the women are seen as physically superior in the water and therefore earn the family income, while men tend to the children and do housework (and often seem to become alcoholics). This book follows two best friends in a small village as they grow up in the 1930s and 1940s. Marriage and the Korean War bring devastating events to their families, tearing the two women apart, but the narrative continues up to the present day, when the haenyeo numbers are greatly diminished and regulated.

The subject matter of this book was absolutely new to me, and fascinating. I'm not so fond of books about drama between people who just aren't paying attention, so I found that frustrating. The book goes quite dark as it addresses atrocities during the Korean War--it truly depicts the horrors of war. I was disgusted, but unsurprised, to discover America's role in it.

I wouldn't have picked this up if not for the book club, and I feel like I learned a lot.
… (mais)
ladycato | outras 92 resenhas | Apr 18, 2024 |
This is primarily a fascinating story of Pu'er, a valuable and possibly medicinally useful tea, and a family in the Chinese province of Yunan whose fortune is determined by the world's discovery and appreciation of it. Li-yan is the only daughter of an Akha family in Springwell Village, in the mountains of southwest China in the1980s - 1990s, where all live at poverty level, ignoring the older growth trees in favor of terrace-grown tea, until the arrival of a tea connoisseur from Han-majority China that changes the trajectory of the village. The stories of the political climate and the customs and superstitions of the Akha people, considered part of the "hill tribes", ethnic minorities, are fascinating, and the first part of the book, from Li-yan's viewpoint, touchingly tells of her love for a ne'er-do-well boy from a neighboring village, her pregnancy, the abandonment of her daughter, the downfall of their eventual marriage, and her brilliant success in the Pu'er business and in America. The story is greatly weakened when Li-yan's daughter Haley, adopted by affluent American academics, is introduced. The inevitability of Haley's scientific interest in tea to force a reunion is a weak plot point, and Haley's privileged American life a distraction from the much more riveting tea universe. The audio was nicely done, except for Haley's voice, which was annoyingly babyish and stayed that way even as she turned 21.… (mais)
froxgirl | outras 103 resenhas | Apr 13, 2024 |

Five stars ! Reading across the year, this was my choice for the Lunar New Year. The history of China during the Great Leap Forward, as well as family turmoil and reunification are operated in this heart wrenching, beautiful book.
Chrissylou62 | outras 136 resenhas | Apr 11, 2024 |
Lisa See consistently writes stories about women and their family struggles while also providing a history lesson about events I was not aware of. This heartbreaking novel not only tells about strong, independent women divers in Jeju Island but also how history can drastically affect both families and friendship. I definitely recommend it; be forewarned that it is a tear-jerker.
Chrissylou62 | outras 92 resenhas | Apr 11, 2024 |


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