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Lisa See

USA flag (b.1955)

Lisa See is a Chinese American writer and novelist. The Chinese side of her family has had a great impact on her life and work.Her books include On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995) 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.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.See's latest novel, 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.

Genres: Mystery, Romance, Literary Fiction, Historical
Non fiction
Lisa See recommends
War Trash (2004)
Ha Jin
"Ha Jin's historical novel about Chinese prisoners held during the Korean War couldn't be more topical. In telling this story from the loser's perspective, he has called upon all of his wonderful and impressive skills as a writer. He never shies away from the degradation of the prisoners, while at the time revealing small humanities that happen in even the most desperate of circumstances."
God of Luck (2007)
RuThanne Lum McCunn
"Beautifully combines the hardships and brutality of the kidnapping of a Chinese man, conditions on the slave ships, and the bitterness of backbreaking labor in a foreign land with the sadness and determination of a wife and family back home. . . . A story of emotional depth and truth."
The Street of a Thousand Blossoms (2007)
Gail Tsukiyama
"Tsukiyama has long been known for her emotional and detailed stories. This time, she has gone even deeper to explore what happens to ordinary people during fightening and tragic times."
One Amazing Thing (2010)
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
"One Amazing Thing is one powerful and beautifully written book. I loved it."
Blood Hina (2010)
(Mas Arai, book 4)
Naomi Hirahara
"Naomi Hirahara has done it again! It's wonderful to see relictant detective Mas Arai back in action... Blood Hina is a compelling mystery."
Wingshooters (2011)
Nina Revoyr
"Nina Revoyr is one of my favorite writers . . . Wingshooters is a gem of a novel filled with beautiful language, thoughtful observations on life, deep heartache, and determined acceptance."
A Concubine for the Family (2012)
Amy Kwei
"I really enjoyed the story."
The Circle of Thirteen (2013)
Bill Petrocelli
"The Circle of Thirteen is a true celebration of the power of women in the face of great odds."
I Liked My Life (2017)
Abby Fabiaschi
"An emotional journey of love, loss, healing, and redemption. I rooted for every character."
The History of Bees (2017)
Maja Lunde
"The History of Bees is spectacular and deeply moving. Lunde has elegantly woven together a tale of science and science fiction, dystopia and hope, and the trials of the individual and the strengths of family."
Montauk (2019)
Nicola Harrison
"You don't have to go to Montauk to enjoy the beach. In this lovely debut novel, Nicola Harrison brings the beach to you, along with its people, its mores, and its contradictions. I so enjoyed Montauk, and I look forward to many more novels by Nicola Harrison."

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