Family and Belonging: An Evening with Lisa See
In her many beloved New York Times bestsellers, including Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, China Dolls, and The Island of Sea Women, Lisa See illuminates the strong bonds between women, families, communities, and specific regions of the world.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane narrates a powerful story about a family separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, painting an unforgettable portrait of a little-known region and its people. It explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter, who has been adopted by an American couple. Both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their familys destiny for generations.
See's newest novel is a story of family secrets and female friendship on a remote Korean Island. The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female free divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history spanning from the 1930s to the after effects of the Korean War that shaped their lives. As recently as the late 1970s, there were 40,000 haenyeo (sea women who could dive deep enough on a single breath to get the bends) and today there are less than 4,000. It is estimated that in another fifteen years, this matrifocal culture will be gone from the earth.
How do cultural, familial, and/or religious traditions support or restrict human development? How are families and traditions a strength or impediment for individual characters? What makes a family? What are the most universal themes and questions a writer can address in the world today? Lisa See will respond to these and other questions in conversation with her Los Angeles area readers.
The evening begins promptly at 7 pm. Reflections, readings, and dialogue will be followed by book signing.
Rolling Hills United Methodist Church (View)
26438 Crenshaw Blvd
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
|Minimum Age: 9|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|