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Lisa See


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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, Literary Fiction, Romance, Historical
 
Series
Red Princess Mystery
   1. Flower Net (1997)
   2. The Interior (1999)
   3. Dragon Bones (2003)
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May and Pearl
   1. Shanghai Girls (2009)
   2. Dreams of Joy (2011)
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Non fiction show
 
Lisa See recommends
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The Golden Gate (2023)
Amy Chua
"All the elements I love in a mystery: A tough-guy homicide detective, an entrancing femme fatale, family secrets, a fabulous building in a beautiful city in a great time period, a touch of Agatha Christie, and a soupcon of Dashiell Hammett. And Amy Chua's terrific writing provides the icing."
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In the Time of Our History (2023)
Susanne Pari
"Every family has secrets. Try as we might to keep them hidden, secrets have a way of being revealed--sometimes resulting in utter devastation, sometimes in forgiveness and understanding. Susanne Pari took me deep into these conflicts in her beautifully written novel, In the Time of Our History. Days later, I'm still thinking about the women--mothers and daughters, sisters, aunts and nieces--who inhabited these pages, the choices they made, and the love between them."
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The Fortunes of Jaded Women (2022)
Carolyn Huynh
"You can always count me in for a story about generations of cursed women, but I was surprised--and thoroughly delighted--to discover how much I would laugh out loud at the exploits of these mothers, daughters, and sisters. Carolyn Huynh's The Fortunes of Jaded Women is a terrific debut. I'm eager to read more from her."

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Award nominations
1998 Edgar Award for Best First Novel (nominee) : Flower Net
1998 Barry Award for Best First Novel (nominee) : Flower Net


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