Lisa See - Library Live Lecture


Lecture, Book Sale & Signing, Refreshments


Friends Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach CA 92660

Date & Time

Thursday, October 19, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Lady Tan’s Circle of Women

The latest historical novel from New York Times bestselling author Lisa See (The Island of Sea Women, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and on Gold Mountain), inspired by the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China.

According to Confucius, “an educated woman is a worthless woman,” but Tan Yunxian—born into an elite family is being raised by her grandmother who teaches her Chinese medicine. But when Yunxian is married, she is banned from practicing medicine and instead is to act like a proper wife. How might a woman like Yunxian break free of these traditions, go on to treat women and girls from every level of society, and lead a life of such importance that many of her remedies are still used five centuries later?  It is also a triumphant reimagining of the life of a woman who was remarkable in the Ming dynasty and would be considered remarkable today.

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