Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Forsyth Reads Together: An Evening with Lisa See - September 16th - Save the Date!

China Dolls by Lisa See

Lisa See writes such compelling stories and Jodi Long's audio narration brings Grace, Helen and Ruby to life. I found myself both cheering for the heroines and wanting to slap them all at times, but that's true of best friends' relationships.   These women were very modern for their time and I thoroughly enjoyed the little details that See included in her story. However, I did feel like she glossed over some major historical atrocities, but in doing so, she kept the novel's plot flowing.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Be sure to read Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and register to attend our Forsyth Reads Together event in September to meet Lisa See in person.  I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan! See writes about a powerfully emotional relationship between Lily and Snow Flower during a time when women were not supposed to leave the house, and yet, these two women defied their society's expectations and formed a bond stronger than filial piety. See includes meticulously researched historical details that enhance the story and let reader's glimpse a tiny portion of what life must have been like during nineteenth-century China. I suggest you have your tissues handy, as this is a sorrowful, yet lovely, story. I could not put this down. Janet Song also provides a wonderful audio narration.

Meredith Bowermeister
Information Services Supervisor
Sharon Forks Library