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Flower Net by Lisa See
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Apr 09, 12

Read from March 17 to April 06, 2012

What a journey Lisa See made from this, her first novel, to one of her most recent books: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I was expecting Flower Net to be another exposition of the role of women as subjugated members of Chinese society/culture. Instead I found a historical narrative with a strong female detective in 1980s Communist China making a transition to a market economy. The book was difficult to put down----I found myself repeatedly saying "one more chapter". I really appreciate the research Lisa See does for her books to maintain historical accuracy which makes it really interesting discover what life was like behind the "bamboo curtain" in post-Mao China. The ending of the book took me by surprise as the author threw in several twists and makes me hungry for the next in this series of Hulan stories.
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