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Lady Tan’s Circle of Women

Lisa See

Warwick’s, in partnership with Friends of the Coronado Library, presents
Lisa See

Lady Tan’s Circle of Women

Thursday, June 8, 2023 - 7:00pm PDT

Coronado Community Center
1845 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
Lady Tan’s Circle of Women
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$10+fee: One General Admission (no book)
$28+tax & fee: One General Admission & one copy of LADY TAN’S CIRCLE OF WOMEN, to be picked up at check-in the evening of the event
$38+tax & fee: Two General Admissions & one copy of LADY TAN’S CIRCLE OF WOMEN, to be picked up at check-in the evening of the event

On Thursday, June 8th at 7:00pm Warwick's, in partnership with Friends of the Coronado Library, will host Lisa See as she discusses and signs her new book, Lady Tan’s Circle of WomenLisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea Women, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. See was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the Historymaker’s Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.

  • All seating is unnumbered and first-come, first-served.
  • "With Book" ticketholders will receive a copy of Lisa See's book when they check in.
  • Please call the Warwick's Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.

According to Confucius, “an educated woman is a worthless woman,” but Tan Yunxian—born into an elite family, yet haunted by death, separations, and loneliness—is being raised by her grandparents to be of use. Her grandmother is one of only a handful of female doctors in China, and she teaches Yunxian the pillars of Chinese medicine, the Four Examinations—looking, listening, touching, and asking—something a man can never do with a female patient.

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 a mutual purpose—despite the prohibition that a doctor should never touch blood while a midwife comes in frequent contact with it—and they vow to be forever friends, sharing in each other’s joys and struggles. No mud, no lotus, they tell themselves: from adversity beauty can bloom.

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, the Garden of Fragrant Delights.

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? How might the power of friendship support or complicate these efforts? Lady Tan’s Circle of Women is a captivating story of women helping other women. 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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ISBN: 9781982117085
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Published: Scribner - June 6th, 2023