Peony in love: a novel

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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. Peony's mother is against her daughter's attending the production: "Unmarried girls should not be seen in public." But Peony's 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 Peony's unforgettable journey of love and destiny, desire and sorrow-as Lisa See's 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 one's 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 See's new novel addresses universal themes: the bonds of friendship, the power of words, and the age-old desire of women to be heard.
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display_description NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "A complex period tapestry inscribed with the age-old tragedy of love and death."—The New York Times Book Review

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

In seventeenth-century China, in an elaborate villa on the shores of Hangzhou's West Lake, Peony lives a sheltered life. One night, during a theatrical performance in her family's garden, Peony catches sight of an elegant, handsome man and is immediately overcome with emotion. So begins Peony's unforgettable journey of love and destiny, desire and sorrow, the living world and the afterworld. Eventually expelled from all she's known, Peony is thrust into a realm where hungry ghosts wander the earth, written words have the power to hurt and kill, and dreams are as vivid as waking life. Lisa See's novel, based on actual historical events, evokes vividly another time and place—where three generations of women become enmeshed in a dramatic story, uncover past secrets and tragedies, and learn that love can transcend death. Peony in Love will make you ache in heart and mind for young Peony and all the women of the world who want to be heard.
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lisa See's Shanghai Girls.
Praise for Peony in Love
"Electrifying . . . a fascinating and often surprising story of women helping women, women hurting women and women misunderstanding each other."The Miami Herald
"See mines an intriguing vein of Chinese history . . . weaving fact and fiction into a dense romantic tapestry of time and place as she meditates on the meaning of love, the necessity of self-expression and the influence of art."Los Angeles Times

"A transporting read, to lost worlds earthly and otherwise."Chicago Tribune

"A quietly beautiful tale that sneaks into the reader's heart . . . Not since Susie Salmon of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones has a ghostly narrator been as believable and empathetic."San Antonio Express-News

"There's much here to be savored and a great deal to be learned."The Washington Post Book World
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subject_facet China -- History -- Ming dynasty, 1368-1644 -- Fiction, China -- Social life and customs -- 17th century -- Fiction, Future life -- Fiction, Ghost stories, American, Historical fiction, American, Large type books, Love stories, American, Lovesickness -- Fiction, Opera -- Fiction, Operas, Chinese -- Fiction, Women -- China -- Fiction, Young women -- China -- Fiction
title_display Peony in love : a novel
title_full Peony in Love A Novel, Peony in love : a novel / Lisa See, Peony in love [text (large print)] / by Lisa See
title_short Peony in love :
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topic_facet Fiction, Future life, Ghost stories, American, Historical Fiction, Historical fiction, American, History, Large type books, Literature, Love stories, American, Lovesickness, Opera, Operas, Chinese, Romance, Social life and customs, Women, Young women