• Alors que David Stark ouvre un cabinet d'avocats à Pékin, son amante, la détective Liu Hulan, reçoit un message urgent d'une de ses vieilles amies. Celle-ci la supplie d'enquêter sur la mort suspecte de sa fille, employée dans une fabrique de jouets que le nouveau client de David, Tartan Enterprises, s'apprête à acquérir.
    Infiltrée dans l'usine, Hulan se retrouve confrontée à un passé qu'elle tente de fuir depuis longtemps, tandis que toutes les pistes désignent le client de David.
    Avec son habileté habituelle et sa connaissance incomparable de la culture chinoise, Lisa See nous livre un roman captivant sur les paradoxes d'une société fascinante.

    Une plongée magistrale dans la Chine contemporaine.

  • La mémoire du thé

    Lisa See

    Sud-ouest de la Chine, années 1990.
    À la Source de Printemps, sur le mont Nannuo, la culture du thé rythme la vie des habitants depuis toujours. Loin de connaître les progrès sans précédent qui se propagent au reste du pays, les Akha perpétuent des méthodes de récolte archaïques et des principes religieux très strictes.
    Li-yan, première personne de sa famille à savoir lire et écrire, rejette les traditions qui ont jusqu'alors façonné son existence. Sur le point de débuter la formation qui fera d'elle la prochaine sage-femme de la vallée, elle décide de poursuivre ses études malgré les réticences de la communauté.
    Malheureusement, lorsqu'elle doit faire face à une grossesse non désirée, la loi akha tombe, et Li-yan n'a d'autre choix que tout abandonner - jusqu'à son enfant, qu'elle dépose sur les marches d'un orphelinat, accompagnée d'une galette de thé.
    Les années passant, le souvenir de cette tragédie la hante, tandis qu'à des milliers de kilomètres, une jeune femme se lance à la recherche de ses racines...

  • Nous avons tout perdu, May et moi, à l'exception du lien qui nous unit. Après ce que nous venons de traverser, il est devenu si fort que même le plus affûté des couteaux ne parviendrait pas à le trancher.

    Chine 1937. Shanghai est le joyau de l'Asie. C'est là que vivent les soeurs Perle et May, magnifiques jeunes femmes aisées et rebelles, aux tempéraments pourtant opposés. Mais l'insouciance s'arrête brutalement pour elles le jour où leur père, ruiné, décide de les vendre à des Chinois de Californie. Alors que les bombes japonaises s'abattent sur leur ville natale, une nouvelle vie commence à Los Angeles pour ces deux forces de la nature.
    De Shanghai à Hollywood, le récit d'un exil bouleversant.

  • Corée du Sud, années 1930.
    Sur l'île de Jeju, la plongée et la pêche sous-marine rythment le quotidien des femmes. Dans cette société matrifocale, les haenyeo travaillent pour subvenir aux besoins de leur famille pendant que les hommes s'occupent des enfants. Unies par leur amour de la mer, Mi-Ja et Young-sook, deux filles aux caractères opposés, aspirent à prendre la relève de leurs aînées.
    Au fil des ans, elles nouent une amitié profonde jusqu'à se considérer comme soeurs. Mais alors que la Seconde Guerre mondiale ébranle l'île, les premières dissensions apparaissent...

  • La mort scarabée

    Lisa See

    Aux États-Unis et en Chine, la justice est en ébullition. À Pékin, le fils de l'ambassadeur américain est retrouvé assassiné dans les glaces d'un lac. Au large de la Californie, c'est le cadavre du fils d'un dignitaire chinois qui est découvert à bord d'un cargo clandestin. L'affaire est d'une telle importance que David Stark, assistant du procureur général, part à Pékin pour travailler aux côtés de Liu Hulan, inspectrice au ministère de la Sécurité publique, qu'il a aimée douze ans plus tôt.
    Leur enquête les mènera sur la piste d'un trafic aussi lucratif que celui de l'héroïne et les entraînera dans les lieux les plus insolites d'un pays plein de mystères et de surprises.

  • Dans la Chine du XIXe siècle, le destin de deux jeunes filles est lié à tout jamais. Fleur de Lis, fille de paysans, et Fleur de Neige, d'origine aristocratique, sont nées la même année, le même jour, à la même heure. Tous les signes concordent : elles seront laotong, âmes soeurs pour l'éternité. Les deux fillettes grandissent, mais, si leur amour ne cesse de croître, la vie va s'acharner à les séparer. Leur amitié sacrée survivra-t-elle malgré tout ?

  • Chine, XVIIe siècle. Recluse dans les luxueux appartements des femmes, Pivoine tue le temps avant son mariage. Mais plutôt que de se livrer aux exercices convenables - broderie ou chant -, elle préfère se plonger dans de dangereuses lectures qui exaltent l'amour fou. Lorsque, à l'occasion de son anniversaire, son père lui permet d'assister, cachée derrière un paravent, à la représentation de son opéra favori, Pivoine s'éprend d'un élégant poète.
    La passion brûlera la jeune fille et l'emmènera dans un voyage qui durera bien au-delà de sa propre mort..

  • Los Angeles, 1957. On retrouve les deux soeurs de Filles de Shanghai, May et Perle, ainsi que la fille de cette dernière, âgée de dix-neuf ans, la fougueuse Joy. Bouleversée par les secrets familiaux qu'elle vient de découvrir, Joy décide de s'enfuir pour Shanghai afin de retrouver son père biologique, l'artiste Z.G. Li, dont sa mère et sa tante May furent éprises par le passé. Séduite par sa personnalité et aveuglée par des idéaux révolutionnaires, Joy se jette à corps perdu dans le projet de la Nouvelle république populaire de Chine. Dévastée par le départ de Joy et craignant pour sa vie, Perle est déterminée à sauver sa fille, à n'importe quel prix. Elle devra affronter ses vieux démons et relever des défis insensés, au cours d'un des épisodes les plus dramatiques de l'histoire chinoise.
    Avec Ombres Chinoises, Lisa See exalte l'amour sous toutes ses formes : filial, romantique, patriote. Elle plonge une fois encore ses héroïnes dans les affres de l'adversité, du temps qui passe et de l'amour inconditionnel dans un roman qui tient le lecteur en haleine jusqu'à la dernière page.

    « Un roman captivant doublé de la description minutieuse et passionnante d'une des plus grandes tragédies de l'Histoire. » Kirkus Review Éditeur original : Random House, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
    © Lisa See, 2011 "Dreams of Joy" Pour la traduction française : © Éditions Flammarion, 2012 Couverture : femme © ZenShui / James Hardy / Photo Alto / Getty Images ; porte rouge © Gang Yao / Flickr / Getty Images

  • BONUS: This edition contains a Shanghai Girls discussion guide and an excerpt from Lisa See's Dreams of Joy.In 1937 Shanghaiyes'>mdash;the Paris of Asiayes'>mdash;twentyoneyearold Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefreeyes'>mdash;until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America. Though inseparable best friends, the sisters also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices, and confront a devastating, lifechanging secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they areyes'>mdash;Shanghai girls.

  • Peony has neither seen nor spoken to any man other than her father, a wealthy Chinese nobleman. Nor has she ever ventured outside the cloistered women's quarters of the family villa. As her sixteenth birthday approaches she finds herself betrothed to a man she does not know, but Peony has dreams of her own. Her father engages a theatrical troupe to perform scenes from The Peony Pavilion, a Chinese epic opera, in their garden amidst the scent of ginger, green tea and jasmine. 'Unmarried girls should not be seen in public,' says Peony's mother, but her father allows the women to watch from behind a screen. Here, Peony catches sight of an elegant, handsome man and is immediately bewitched. So begins her unforgettable journey of love, desire, sorrow and redemption.

  • In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy.Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, and anger at her mother and aunt for keeping them from her, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father—the artist Z.G. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the communist regime. Devastated by Joy’s flight and terrified for her safety, Pearl is determined to save her daughter, no matter the personal cost. From the crowded city to remote villages, Pearl confronts old demons and almost insurmountable challenges as she follows Joy, hoping for reconciliation. Yet even as Joy’s and Pearl’s separate journeys converge, one of the most tragic episodes in China’s history threatens their very lives.Acclaimed for her richly drawn characters and vivid storytelling, Lisa See once again renders a family challenged by tragedy and time, yet ultimately united by he resilience of love.From the Hardcover edition.

  • Lily is the daughter of a humble farmer in Yongming County, and to her family is just another mouth to feed until she can be married off. But when she is six years old she is brought before the ambitious local matchmaker who delivers some startling news: Lily is no ordinary girl. If they are bound properly, her feet will be flawless. In nineteenth-century China, where a woman's eligibility is judged by the shape and size of her feet, this is extraordinarily good luck. Lily now has the power to make a good marriage and change the fortunes of her family.But first she must undergo the agonies of footbinding, learn nu shu, the famed secret women's writing, and make a very special friend. A girl will be chosen as her 'old-same' which is a relationship almost akin to marriage and treated with as much seriousness.Her 'old-same', Snow Flower, is a wonder to Lily. She comes from a refined family and is elegant, educated, but cannot suppress her adventurous streak. Even though their worlds are far apart and they rarely see one another, the two girls develop a deep bond through their letters written in nu shu which they paint on fans and embroider on handkerchiefs. As the years go by, Lily and Snow Flower share the burden of being born female in feudal China and find comfort in their friendship until they come of age to be married. But a bitter reversal of fortune is about to change everything.Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a story of two extraordinary women surviving in a time of strict rules and ancient customs. With the eye of a historian and the vibrancy of a true storyteller, Lisa See has written a truly mesmerizing novel filled with colour, fascinating detail and heartfelt drama.

  • In 1867, Lisa See's great-great-grandfather left China in search of riches on the 'Gold Mountain', the Chinese name for the promised land of America. His son Fong See later built a mercantile empire and married a Caucasian woman, in spite of laws that prohibited unions between the races. Through sheer endeavour and entrepreneurial genius he became one of the most successful Chinese men in the country. Over the decades, each generation of the See family strived to grasp their dreams, realise their ambitions and overcome their disappointments and sorrows. This sweeping chronicle of five generations of a Chinese-American family encompasses stories of adventure and heartache, racism and romance, secret marriages and sibling rivalries. On Gold Mountain is a powerful social history of two cultures meeting in a new world.

  • Yes'>#8220;See paints a fascinating portrait of a complex and enigmatic society, in which nothing is ever quite as it appears, and of the people, peasant and aristocrat alike, who are bound by its subtle strictures.yes'>#8221;yes'>#8211;San Diego UnionTribuneWhile David Stark is asked to open a law office in Beijing, his lover, detective Liu Hulan, receives an urgent message from an old friend imploring her to investigate the suspicious death of her daughter, who worked for a toy company about to be sold to Davidyes'>#8217;s new client, Tartan Enterprises.Despite Davidyes'>#8217;s protests, Hulan goes undercover at the toy factory in the rural village of Da Shui, deep in the heart of China. It is a place that forces Hulan to face a past she has long been running from. Once there, rather than finding answers to the girlyes'>#8217;s death, Hulan unearths more questions, all of which point to possible crimes committed by Davidyes'>#8217;s client. Suddenly Hulan and David find themselves on opposing sides: One of them is trying to expose a company and unearth a killer, while the other is ethically bound to protect his client. As pressures mount and danger increases, Hulan and David uncover universal truths about good and evil, right and wrongyes'>#8211;and the sometimes subtle lines that distinguish them.yes'>#8220;[See] illuminates tradition and change, Western and Eastern cultural differences. . . . All this in the middle of her thriller whih is also about greed, corruption, abuse of the disadvantaged, the desperation of those on the bottom of the food chain, and love.yes'>#8221;yes'>#8211;The Tennesseanyes'>#8220;Sophisticated . . . graceful . . . Seeyes'>#8217;s picture of contemporary Chinayes'>#8217;s relationship with the United States is aptly played out through her characters.yes'>#8221;yes'>#8211;Los Angeles Timesyes'>#8220;Immediate, haunting and exquisitely rendered.yes'>#8221;yes'>#8211;San Francisco ChronicleFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

  • When the body of an American archaeologist is found floating in the Yangzi River, Ministry of Public Security agent Liu Hulan and her husband, American attorney David Stark, are dispatched to Site 518 to investigate. As Hulan scrutinizes this death--or is it a murder?--David, on behalf of the National Relics Bureau, tries to discover who has stolen from the site an artifact that may prove to the world China's claim that it is the oldest uninterrupted civilization on earth. This artifact is not only an object of great monetary value but one that is emblematic of the very soul of China. Everyone--from the Chinese government, to a religious cult, to an unscrupulous American art collector--wants this relic, and some, it seems, may be willing to kill to get it. At stake in this investigation is control of China's history and national pride, and even stability between China and the United States.
    The troubled Hulan must overcome her own fears of failure, while David tries desperately to break through the shell that has built up around his wife. As Hulan and David are enmeshed in international schemes for power and the turbulence of their own relationship, these hunters after the truth become the hunted--in a fast-driving narrative set against the backdrop of the building of the Three Gorges Dam, the largest and most expensive project China has undertaken since the Great Wall and the subject of great international debate. It is here, in the heart of the Three Gorges, that David and Hulan will battle their enemies and their own natures to see who will win China's dragon bones.
    Dragon Bones combines ancient myth with contemporary anxieties concerning religious fanaticism and terrorism to tell a story of love, betrayal, history, ecology, greed--and gory murder.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Lily is the daughter of a humble farmer in Yongming County, and to her family is just another mouth to feed until she can be married off. But when she is six years old she is brought before the ambitious local matchmaker who delivers some startling news: Lily is no ordinary girl. If they are bound properly, her feet will be flawless. In nineteenth-century China, where a woman's eligibility is judged by the shape and size of her feet, this is extraordinarily good luck. Lily now has the power to make a good marriage and change the fortunes of her family.But first she must undergo the agonies of footbinding, learn nu shu, the famed secret women's writing, and make a very special friend. A girl will be chosen as her 'old-same' which is a relationship almost akin to marriage and treated with as much seriousness.Her 'old-same', Snow Flower, is a wonder to Lily. She comes from a refined family and is elegant, educated, but cannot suppress her adventurous streak. Even though their worlds are far apart and they rarely see one another, the two girls develop a deep bond through their letters written in nu shu which they paint on fans and embroider on handkerchiefs. As the years go by, Lily and Snow Flower share the burden of being born female in feudal China and find comfort in their friendship until they come of age to be married. But a bitter reversal of fortune is about to change everything.Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a story of two extraordinary women surviving in a time of strict rules and ancient customs. With the eye of a historian and the vibrancy of a true storyteller, Lisa See has written a truly mesmerizing novel filled with colour, fascinating detail and heartfelt drama.

  • Yes'>#8220;Lisa See begins to do for Beijing what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did for turnofthecentury London or Dashiell Hammett did for 1920s San Francisco: She discerns the hidden city lurking beneath the public facade.yes'>#8221;yes'>#8211;The Washington Post Book WorldIn the depths of a Beijing winter, during the waning days of Deng Xiaopingyes'>#8217;s reign, the U.S. ambassadoryes'>#8217;s son is found deadyes'>#8211;his body entombed in a frozen lake. Around the same time, aboard a ship adrift off the coast of Southern California, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Stark makes a startling discovery: the corpse of a Red Prince, a scion of Chinayes'>#8217;s political elite.The Chinese and American governments suspect that the deaths are connected and, in an unprecedented move, they join forces to see justice done. In Beijing, David teams up with the unorthodox police detective Liu Hulan. In an investigation that brings them to every corner of China and sparks an intense attraction between the two, David and Hulan discover a web linking human trafficking to the drug trade to governmental treacheryyes'>#8211;a web reaching from the Forbidden City to the heart of Los Angeles and, like the wide flower net used by Chinese fishermen, threatening to ensnare all within its reach.yes'>#8220;A graceful rendering of two different and complex cultures, within a highly intricate plot . . . The starkly beautiful landscapes of Beijing and its surrounding coutryside are depicted with a lyrical precision.yes'>#8221;yes'>#8211;Los Angeles Times Book Reviewyes'>#8220;Murder and intrigue splash across the canvas of modern Chinese life. . . . A vivid portrait of a vast Communist nation in the painful throes of a sea change.yes'>#8221;yes'>#8211;Peopleyes'>#8220;Fascinating . . . that rare thriller that enlightens as well as it entertains.yes'>#8221;yes'>#8211;San Diego UnionTribuneA Finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First MysteryA NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOKFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Across two critically acclaimed linked novels, now together in this eBook bundle, Lisa See unfolds a captivating saga of the bonds between women--mothers and daughters, sisters and friends--while illuminating the events of Chinas tumultuous history.
    SHANGHAI GIRLS As in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love, [See] has . . . created ordinary women who, through willfulness and resiliency, accomplish extraordinary things.--Miami Herald In 1937 Shanghai--the Paris of Asia--twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are beautiful, modern, and carefree . . . until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors from Los Angeles. As Pearl and May set out from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America, they face impossible choices and confront a life-changing secret, but through it all the two sisters hold fast to who they are--Shanghai girls.
    DREAMS OF JOY Astonishing . . . a story with characters who enter a readers life, take up residence, and illuminate the myriad decisions and stories that make up human history.--Los Angeles Times Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, Pearls nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy, runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father--an artist with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the Communist regime. Terrified for Joys safety, Pearl returns to Shanghai, determined to save her daughter. Yet even as Joys and Pearls journeys converge, one of the most tragic episodes in Chinas history threatens their very lives.
    Praise for Lisa See Explores the bonds of sisterhood while powerfully evoking the often nightmarish American immigrant experience.--USA Today, on Shanghai Girls As compulsively readable as it is an enlightening journey.--The Denver Post, on Shanghai Girls See is a gifted historical novelist. . . . The real love story, the one thats artfully shown, is between mother and daughter, and aunt and daughter.--San Francisco Chronicle, on Dreams of Joy Sees research feels impeccable, and she has created an authentic, visually arresting world.--The Washington Post, on Dreams of Joy

  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls has garnered international acclaim for her great skill at rendering the intricate relationships of women and the complex meeting of history and fate. Now comes Lisa Sees highly anticipated new novel, China Dolls.
    Its 1938 in San Francisco: a worlds fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade. The stunning Ruby Tom challenges the boundaries of convention at every turn with her defiant attitude and no-holds-barred ambition.
    The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. When their dark secrets are exposed and the invisible thread of fate binds them even tighter, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.
    Advance praise for China Dolls China Dolls mines a fascinating part of our cultural history through the story of a trio of women who become a complex constant in one anothers lives even as the world serves up painful transformation. Lisa See gets so much just right here. Youll want to dive right in.--Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife This is one of those stories Ive always wanted to tell, but Lisa See beat me to it, and she did it better than I ever could. Bravo! Heres a roaring standing ovation for this heartwarming journey into the glittering golden age of Chinese nightclubs.--Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Songs of Willow Frost In the beginning of Sees stellar ninth book, three young women, Grace, Helen, and Ruby, meet and form an unlikely but strong bond in San Francisco in 1938. . . . The story alternates between their viewpoints, with each womans voice strong and dynamic, developing a multilayered richness as it progresses. The depth of Sees characters and her winning prose make this book a wonderful journey through love and loss.--Publishers Weekly (starred review) Praise for Dreams of Joy Astonishing . . . one of those hard-to-put-down-until-four-in-the-morning books . . . a story with characters who enter a readers life, take up residence, and illuminate the myriad decisions and stories that make up human history.--Los Angeles Times [Lisa] See is a gifted historical novelist. . . . [In Dreams of Joy,] there are no clear heroes or villains, just people who often take wrong turns to their own detriment but for the good of the story, leading to greater strength of character and more durable relationships.--San Francisco Chronicle From the Hardcover edition.

  • Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world. 82 photos.

  • Anglais Dreams of Joy

    Lisa See

    Nineteen-year-old Joy Louie has run away from her home in 1950s America to start a new life in China. Idealistic and unafraid, she believes that Chairman Mao is on the side of the people, despite what her family keeps telling her. How can she trust them, when she has just learned that her parents have lied to her for her whole life, that her mother Pearl is really her aunt and that her real father is a famous artist who has been living in China all these years? Joy arrives in Green Dragon Village, where families live in crowded, windowless huts and eke out a meagre existence from the red soil. And where a handsome young comrade catches her eye... Meanwhile, Pearl returns to China to bring her daughter home - if she can. For Mao has launched his Great Leap Forward, and each passing season brings ever greater hardship to cities and rural communes alike. Joy must rely on her skill as a painter and Pearl must use her contacts from her decadent childhood in 1930s Shanghai to find a way to safety, and a chance of joy for them both. Haunting, passionate and heartbreakingly real, this is the unforgettable new novel by the internationally acclaimed Lisa See.

  • BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lisa See's Shanghai Girls.
    I finally understand what the poets have written. In spring, moved to passion; in autumn only regret.
    For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, these lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage. Though raised to be obedient, Peony has dreams of her own.
    Peonys mother is against her daughter s attending the production: Unmarried girls should not be seen in public. But Peony s father assures his wife that proprieties will be maintained, and that the women will watch the opera from behind a screen. Yet through its cracks, Peony catches sight of an elegant, handsome man with hair as black as a caveand is immediately overcome with emotion.
    So begins Peonys unforgettable journey of love and destiny, desire and sorrowas Lisa Sees haunting new novel, based on actual historical events, takes readers back to seventeenth-century China, after the Manchus seize power and the Ming dynasty is crushed.
    Steepd in traditions and ritual, this story brings to life another time and placeeven the intricate realm of the afterworld, with its protocols, pathways, and stages of existence, a vividly imagined place where one s soul is divided into three, ancestors offer guidance, misdeeds are punished, and hungry ghosts wander the earth. Immersed in the richness and magic of the Chinese vision of the afterlife, transcending even death, Peony in Love explores, beautifully, the many manifestations of love. Ultimately, Lisa Sees new novel addresses universal themes: the bonds of friendship, the power of words, and the age-old desire of women to be heard.

  • Anglais China Dolls

    Lisa See

    It's 1938 and the exclusive Oriental nightclub in San Francisco's Forbidden City is holding auditions for showgirls. In the dark, scandalous glamour of the club, three girls from very different backgrounds stumble into each other lives.
    All the girls have secrets. Grace, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest and an abusive father. Helen is from a Chinese family which has deep roots in San Francisco's Chinatown. And, as both her friends know, Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese.
    Then, in a heartbeat, everything changes. The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor and paranoia, suspicion, and a shocking act of betrayal, threaten to destroy their lives.

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