The Bedford Free Public Library is joining 49 libraries in the area to host a virtual conversation with best-selling author Lisa See from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12.
See’s latest historical novel, “Lady Tan’s Circle of Women,” is based on the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China and is a reimagining of the life of a woman who was remarkable in the Ming dynasty and would be considered remarkable today. The book was published by Scribner on June 6. (Bonus, if the book is purchased through the Concord Bookshop the buyer will receive a signed bookplate!)
Advance registration is required for this Zoom event. Register for the free online event with Lisa See here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__r4XJAEXQcSvYSTCnfWZUw#/registration
Here’s a brief look at the story:
“According to Confucius, “an educated woman is a worthless woman,” but Tan Yunxian—born into an elite family – is being raised by her grandparents to be of use.
“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 they vow to be forever friends. 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, pluck instruments, recite poetry, give birth to sons, and stay forever within the walls of the family compound.
“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?”
See is the author of 10 China-themed novels as well as a critically acclaimed memoir “On Gold Mountain.” Some of her books include “Dreams of Joy”, “Shanghai Girls,” “Peony in Love,” and “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” which was adapted into a movie. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles.