I just finished Lisa See’s Peony in Love, and like the earlier Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, it captured my imagination. Ms. See tells beautiful stories, rich with culture and history.
Both books deal with love, pain, and redemption, and each gives insight in a culture wildly different from our own. In Snow Flower, we learn about platonic love and responsibility through the ritual of foot-binding and the tradition of shared secrets. In Peony we study love through grief and obligation through the lens of ancestor worship and Chinese superstition.
It’s quite an education to get lost in Lisa See’s novels. They’re the kind of novels whose characters and settings stay with you and which inspire you to further study. It’s a rare and wonderful combination, and I hope you’ll enjoy both works as much as I have.