Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author, lectured and signed copies of her books during a recent appearance at CLU.
See has always been intrigued by stories that have been lost, forgotten or deliberately covered up. In her latest novel, Shanghai Girls (2009), the author delves into the forgotten history of two sisters who leave Shanghai in 1937 and go to Los Angeles in arranged marriages. It is a story of immigration, identity, war, love and sisterhood.
Her first work, the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), traces the journey of her great-grandfather, Fong See, who overcame obstacles at every step to become the 100-year-old godfather of Los Angeles’ Chinatown and the patriarch of a sprawling family.
See’s other novels, which include Flower Net (1997), The Interior (1999), Dragon Bones (2003), Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005) and Peony in Love (2007), have all received praise and awards for their excellence.