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“I finally understand what the poets have written. In spring, moved to passion; in autumn only regret.”

For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, these lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage. Though raised to be obedient, Peony has dreams of her own.

Peonys mother is against her daughters attending the production: “Unmarried girls should not be seen in public.” But Peonys father assures his wife that proprieties will be maintained, and that the women will watch the opera from behind a screen. Yet through its cracks, Peony catches sight of an elegant, handsome man with hair as black as a cave-and is immediately overcome with emotion.

So begins Peonys unforgettable journey of love and destiny, desire and sorrow-as Lisa Sees haunting new novel, based on actual historical events, takes readers back to seventeenth-century China, after the Manchus seize power and the Ming dynasty is crushed.

Steeped in traditions and ritual, this story brings to life another time and place-even the intricate realm of the afterworld, with its protocols, pathways, and stages of existence, a vividly imagined place where ones soul is divided into three, ancestors offer guidance, misdeeds are punished, and hungry ghosts wander the earth. Immersed in the richness and magic of the Chinese vision of the afterlife, transcending even death, Peony in Love explores, beautifully, the many manifestations of love. Ultimately, Lisa Sees new novel addresses universal themes: the bonds of friendship, the power of words, and the age-old desire of women to be heard.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior, and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit the authors website: www.LisaSee.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780739328736
Author:
See, Lisa
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Read by:
Long, Jodi
Read:
Long, Jodi
Author:
Long, Jodi
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
china;fiction;historical fiction;ghosts;women;love;opera;romance;afterlife;historical;17th century;arranged marriage;death;novel;love story;chinese culture;history;asian;footbinding;marriage;family;poetry;lisa see;tradition;american;fantasy;feminism;women
Subject:
china;fiction;historical fiction;ghosts;women;love;opera;romance;afterlife;historical;17th century;arranged marriage;death;novel;love story;chinese culture;history;asian;footbinding;marriage;family;poetry;lisa see;tradition;american;fantasy;feminism;women
Subject:
china;fiction;historical fiction;ghosts;women;love;opera;romance;afterlife;historical;17th century;arranged marriage;death;novel;love story;chinese culture;history;asian;footbinding;marriage;family;poetry;lisa see;tradition;american;fantasy;feminism;women
Edition Description:
Five CD
Abridged:
Y
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
6.30x5.77x1.04 in. .38 lbs.
Media Run Time:
360

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