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Lisa See

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Lisa See is a Chinese-American author. Her books include Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005), Dragon Bones, and On Gold Mountain. She was named the 2001 National Woman of the Year, by the Organization of Chinese American Women. She lives in Los Angeles.

Average rating: 3.93 · 379,924 ratings · 30,317 reviews · 12 distinct works · Similar authors
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 216,015 ratings — published 2004 — 98 editions
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Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Gi...
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 83,828 ratings — published 2008 — 44 editions
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Dreams of Joy (Shanghai Gir...
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 32,672 ratings — published 2011 — 35 editions
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Peony in Love
3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 29,670 ratings — published 2007 — 46 editions
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China Dolls
3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 6,363 ratings — published 2014 — 13 editions
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On Gold Mountain: The One-H...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 4,964 ratings — published 1995 — 16 editions
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Flower Net (Red Princess, #1)
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 2,524 ratings — published 1997 — 21 editions
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Dragon Bones (Red Princess,...
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 2,130 ratings — published 2002 — 16 editions
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The Interior (Red Princess,...
3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 1,648 ratings — published 1999 — 17 editions
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Shanghai Girls and Dreams o...
4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 77 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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Shanghai Girls Dreams of Joy
Shanghai Girls (2 books)
3.897646179872734 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 116,449 ratings

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June 2009, Lisa See
"History is written by the victors, so isn't it up to us to look deeper, think harder, and learn so we aren't doomed to repeat our mistakes? Obviously what happened to Chinese Americans in the past is a disgrace and an embarrassment, but there are things happening right now that recall those days." ...More

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“Sisters, as you know, also have a unique relationship. This is the person who has known you your entire life, who should love you and stand by you no matter what, and yet it's your sister who knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt you the most.”
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“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”
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“I am old enough to know only too well my good and bad qualities, which were often one in the same.”
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ZOEY (THE PROCRASTINATOR) Oh my GOD!!! Thank you for accepting my friend request. I love your books sooooo much !!!! <3

Sheabody Dear Lisa,
Thank you again for being my friend on Goodreads. I feel truly honored. I love your books and find your female characters to be strong and resilient, despite their weaknesses and difficult circumstances. I especially liked Shanghai Girls. I grew up in Los Angeles County (Long Beach) and did not know much about LA's Chinatown. I have also been to Shanghai, so it was nice to be able to envision both cities. I eagerly read the sequel, Dreams of Joy. I look forward to reading China Dolls. I am also interested in On Gold Mountain. I have read a fair number of books on Asian Americans and done substantial research on anti-miscegenation laws as they applied to Asian Americans. You are an excellent researcher and very imaginative and prolific author. You have established yourself as a fine contemporary author and are an inspiration to me and many others!

message 33: by Sandy

Sandy Parsons Looking forward to reading China Dolls!

message 32: by Valerie

Valerie Kommer Ah, you are truly such a lovely person! Thanks again! I owe you so much! Your books have really helped me figure out my path in this world, opened my eyes to so many new things, and to fall back in love with living and moving forward! You're such an inspiration!

message 31: by Asma

Asma Lisa my dear Lisa,

I just finished you're "Peony in love", I fell in love <3
I read it translated (to Arabic) though it was really great (I guess I must thank the translator as well) :)

I'm a huge fan, hope to read more of your works soon.

message 30: by Lisa

Lisa See Melanie,

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to write back. I've been having problems with my internet connection. I'm so glad you liked Dreams of Joy. I'm very proud of the ending. Happy at last!

I'm very close to finishing China Dolls, but it won't come out until next year.

message 29: by Melanie

Melanie Hi Lisa! I just finished reading Dreams of Joy and I enjoyed it very much. It was such a well written book and I especially liked the ending. I've read most of your books now and cant wait until your next one comes out!

message 28: by Lisa

Lisa See Mo wrote: "Hello, Lisa! Thanks for adding me as your friend! I love your books and you have become my favorite author over the last year as I read your books! More, more! :)"

Mo, I think I messed up earlier on a message. Can't quite figure out the "reply" button. Is it for the box above or the one below. Anyway, here I am. That's a long way to get to THANK YOU!!!

message 27: by Lisa

Lisa See Veronica wrote: "Hi Lisa! :) I just wanted to say I really enjoy your novels... Please, keep them coming!"

Thank you, Veronica, for the kind words! I'm working on the new one, CHINA DOLLS, but it won't come out until next year.

message 26: by Lisa

Lisa See Thank you, Veronica, for the kind words! I'm working on the new one, CHINA DOLLS, but it won't come out until next year.

Veronica Hi Lisa! :) I just wanted to say I really enjoy your novels... Please, keep them coming!

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Mo Hello, Lisa! Thanks for adding me as your friend! I love your books and you have become my favorite author over the last year as I read your books! More, more! :)

Anastasia Hi Lisa. So happy to be your friend. I just bought Snow Flower and the Secret Fan...can't wait to read.

message 22: by Lai

Lai Olaivar Thank you for accepting my friend request, Lisa. I love you too much that it's tearing me up... Take care always and write forever! <3

message 21: by Jessica

Jessica Thank you for accepting my friend request! Have a great weekend! :)

Laura Lee Thanks for friending me. You are one of my fave authors, which I know I've already told you. Anyway, I can never wait for your next book to come out, then it does and I read it so fast and then I am waiting again for the next book! Too bad there isn't two of you so there would be twice as many books!

message 19: by Deborah

Deborah I'm hoping to come see you at Costco this Sunday! Can't wait to meet the author with such beautiful use of words!

message 18: by Portia

Portia S Hurray! You added me as a friend. I bought your "Shanghai Girls" on a perfect whim, without expectation. I stumbled upon another world and I loved it dearly. I've managed to procure for myself "Peony in Love" Thank you for writing, I am happy that you do all this research to ensure the authenticity. Thank you so much for your written word.

Laura Jane Lisa,
Just to let you know that I LOVED "Dreams of Joy." As always, I learned so much that led to further research by me, and the story itself was unforgettable. Thank you for enriching my life.
Laura Jane Kuncaitis

Elizabeth Lisa you were wonderful at Third Place in Seattle. I sat in the front row with your Mother's book on my lap with Lisa 's baby pictures. I was so inspired to hear of your research too.
And all the way home my friends and I tried to think up white food for the wedding.
Look forward to the movie.
Elizabeth (Betsy)

message 15: by Sarah

Sarah Jacquie Hi Lisa! I came to your talk and signing at Vromans - I'm the shy girl with ever changing hair (it was blonde and pink when I saw you). I just finishes Dreams of Joy, which Im so thankful for! It was so moving but not only did your characters make it moving, but the tribute you created is so much bigger than I anticipated. I spoke to my parents about The Great Leap Forward... never heard of it, along with others. I knew some, but not to the mindblowing extent I know you dug deep to tell. You've given people their voices during a time when so much was hidden or forgotten. I think you've created more than a book, but a token of reflection, remeberence, and hope. I think all who suffered and perished would be pleased you passed on their story and I hope it brings them peace to be remebered. Take care and thank you for the photo!!!

message 14: by Sandy

Sandy Parsons I'm so excited to see that Dreams of Joy is a sequel to Shanghai Girls! I loved the book and couldn't believe that it ended so abruptly, and the jacket didn't say anything about it being a series or if there was an upcoming sequel (and I looked, hard). I'm looking forward to reading it! Thank you for writing such compelling stories.

message 13: by Melanie

Melanie Hi Lisa...I wanted to let you know that I just finished On Golden Mountain and I love it! It was so well written and interesting...I couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading Dreams of Joy!

message 12: by Lindsey

Lindsey Thank you for adding me! I just LOVE your books!! Snowflower is one of my all-time favorites!! I was so giddy when I recently found out you were releasing a new book. I cannot wait for Dreams of Joy!

message 11: by Sarah

Sarah Jacquie WHAT!!! You've got a new book?! I was browsing giveaways and my heart dropped with excitement! eeeeek! I can't wait =) I still have all the ones you've signed above my bed, nearby. The boyfriend is NOT allowed to touch them now... ever (I was embarrassed to bring you a copy of Peony in Love to sign with a page loose and his footprint on it... though I doubt you remember but you were happy to see how worn it was! haha)

message 10: by Elmar

Elmar Now I've read the German translation of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and I really liked to learn a lot about this 19th century everyday life in China. Very nice!

message 9: by Sarah

Sarah Jacquie Hi! I finally got my copy of On Gold Mountain -- I held out for a while in order to get the hard cover edition. AMAZING! I'm going to dig into right now! =) Now I'm just trying to make myself go slow in order to savor it and hope more is on the way! Thank you again for everything!

message 8: by Maria

Maria Hi Lisa, A few friends and I from my book club will be at the luncheon tomorrow in San Diego. Look forward to possibly meeting you!

Angela Lisa: I was at your your reading today at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA. It was very moving to hear about your family history and how you want to keep it alive in your stories. I have often wished that I had done more to know and keep the stories of my family as I have lost two grandparents and my father in the last three years. I look forward to reading Shanghai Girls next!

message 6: by Sarah

Sarah McCoy Hi Lisa, I hope your Mar Vista Library swap is a smashing success! I gave it a little shout-out:

Wish I lived in the Cali area to come. Have fun!

Iimani David Thanks for the add Lisa! And big BONJOUR from New York...

message 4: by Kelly

Kelly Thanks for accepting my request...and best of luck with Shanghai Girls! My friends have been raving about it.

message 3: by Peggy

Peggy Hello Lisa,

As an author I am sure you love to read as well...

I thought you might like to try a book that my book club is going to read. (We already read SnowFlower and the Secret Fan, one of my ALL time favorites). "The Last Chinese Chef" is by Nicole Mones and everyone I have recommended it to has loved it. (her other two are very good as well). I will tell my book club about your visit to the Los Angeles area later this year buy we are out in the Inland Empire a few hours a way.

Thank you for the wonderful gift that you share with millions of people!

message 2: by Lisa

Lisa See Thank you so much!

message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Lisa,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author. I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan!

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