YPAs @ Alumni Authors: Lisa See '79
The YPA Leadership Council is proud to co-sponsor this William H Hannon LMU Alumni Authors event.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
William H Hannon Library, Von Der Ahe Family Suite (level 3)
Registration is not required, but will be appreciated. Check back a few weeks prior to the event.
Lisa See '79
In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls, Lisa See brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. In her latest novel, Dreams of Joy, 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. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called the novel a “surefire story” and “stellar,” ending with “looks like another hit.” The book debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Lisa See has always been intrigued by stories that have been lost, forgotten, or deliberately covered up, whether in the past or happening right now in the world today. For Snow Flower, she traveled to a remote area of China – where she was told she was only the second foreigner ever to visit – to research the secret writing invented, used, and kept a secret by women for over a thousand years. Amy Tan called the novel “achingly beautiful, a marvel of imagination.”
Others agreed, and foreign-language rights for Snow Flower were sold to 39 countries. The novel also became a New York Times bestseller, a Booksense Number One Pick, and has won numerous awards domestically and internationally. A film of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was released in 2011 by Fox Searchlight.
Ms. See was born in Paris but grew up in Los Angeles. She lived with her mother, but spent a lot of time with her father’s family in Chinatown. Her first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. The book traces the journey of Lisa’s great-grandfather, Fong See, who overcame obstacles at every step to become the 100-year-old godfather of Los Angeles’s Chinatown and the patriarch of a sprawling family.