Lisa See is a Chinese American writer and novelist. The Chinese side of her family has had a great impact on her life and work.  Her books include On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), Flower Net (1997), The Interior (1999), Dragon Bones (2003), Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005), Peony in Love (2007), and Shanghai Girls. Flower Net, The Interior, and Dragon Bones make up the Red Princess mystery series. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love focus on the lives of Chinese women in the 19th and 17th centuries respectively. Shanghai Girls (2009), chronicles the lives of two sisters who come to Los Angeles in arranged marriages and face, among other things, the pressures put on Chinese-Americans during the anti-Communist mania of the 1950's. Dreams of Joy (2011) continues that story in China during the Great Leap Forward.

Writing under the pen name Monica Highland, See, her mother Carolyn See, and John Espey, published three novels: Lotus Land (1983), 110 Shanghai Road (1986), and Greetings from Southern California (1988). She has written a personal essay ("The Funeral Banquet") for Half and Half.  Lisa See Home Page

2005 Interview, on book tour for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
28 minutes, in mp3 format

2009 Interview Web-only   40 Minute Extended Edit on book tour for Shanghai Girls
in mp3 format
Inteview as heard on KPFA-FM

2011 Interview Web-only  42 minute Extended Edit.on book tour for Dreams of Joy
in mp3 format
Interview as heard on KPFA-FM

About the interviewer:

RICHARD WOLINSKY hosts "Bookwaves" on "Cover to Cover" heard every Thursday at 3:00 pm on KPFA-FM in Berkeley ( and in syndication on the Pacifica Network..
Lisa See