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An Exclusive Interview with Author Lisa See
by tjon on 07/09/2009 3:48 PM
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Lisa See, the author of the international best-seller, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" (2005) and New York Times best-seller "Peony in Love" (2007), had time to sit down and answer a few questions while in San Diego, the last stop on her tour for her latest novel, Shanghai Girls (2009), now in bookstores. In this interview we discuss the variety of elements found in her novels, including the women whose voices narrate her works, and the exploration and revelation of forgotten parts of history. Her works explore pockets of history and time within Chinese culture before they disappear, as See puts it, "off the map of memory". "Shanghai Girls" is the story of two sisters, Pearl and May, and their odyssey of immigration as they leave war-torn Shanghai for Los Angeles as new brides in arranged marriages. See chronicles the joy, the heartbreak, and the bond of sisterhood that connects Pearl and May over the next twenty years as they experience the making of a new life, and the formulation of a new identity. To learn more about Lisa See and her works, please visit:
By Christine V. Nguyen

CVN: Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. What inspires you about the culture and time period of your novels?

LS: Well you know I have written about different time periods. For this particular one, I think there were three or four things that inspired me to do this particular book. One was to write about Shanghai at that time in 1937, that

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