Author event! Lisa See and Lorraine Wilcox

Mon Jul 01 2024 at 06:00 pm to 07:00 pm

1113 Montana Ave | Santa Monica

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Author event! Lisa See and Lorraine Wilcox
In person author event with author Lisa See and translator Lorraine Wilcox at Zibby's Bookshop, 1113 Montana Ave, Santa Monica 90403!
About this Event

We're thrilled to host Lisa See as she celebrates the paperback launch of her bestselling novel, LADY TAN'S CIRCLE OF WOMEN. Lisa will be joined in conversation by Lorraine Wilcox, who translated the eponymous (Lady) Tan Yunxian's book!

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From "one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot" (The New York Times Book Review) an immersive historical novel inspired by the true story of a woman physician in 15th-century China--perfect for fans of Lisa See's classics Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.

According to Confucius, "an educated woman is a worthless woman," but Tan Yunxian--born into an elite family, yet haunted by death, separations, and loneliness--is being raised by her grandparents to be of use. Her grandmother is one of only a handful of female doctors in China, and she teaches Yunxian the pillars of Chinese medicine, the Four Examinations--looking, listening, touching, and asking--something a man can never do with a female patient.

From a young age, Yunxian learns about women's illnesses, many of which relate to childbearing, alongside a young midwife-in-training, Meiling. The two girls find fast friendship and a mutual purpose--despite the prohibition that a doctor should never touch blood while a midwife comes in frequent contact with it--and they vow to be forever friends, sharing in each other's joys and struggles. No mud, no lotus, they tell themselves: from adversity beauty can bloom.

But when Yunxian is sent into an arranged marriage, her mother-in-law forbids her from seeing Meiling and from helping the women and girls in the household. Yunxian is to act like a proper wife--embroider bound-foot slippers, recite poetry, give birth to sons, and stay forever within the walls of the family compound, the Garden of Fragrant Delights.

How might a woman like Yunxian break free of these traditions and lead a life of such importance that many of her remedies are still used five centuries later? How might the power of friendship support or complicate these efforts? A captivating story of women helping each other, is a triumphant reimagining of the life of one person who was remarkable in the Ming dynasty and would be considered remarkable today.

About the authors:

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea Women, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. See was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the Historymaker’s Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.

As a licensed acupuncturist, Lorraine Wilcox became interested in translating ancient Chinese medical texts into English. She taught herself medical Chinese and has published eight books on Chinese medicine. Her favorite is Tan Yunxian's which contains 31 case studies from Tan's medical practice.

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1113 Montana Ave, 1113 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, United States


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