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Peony has neither seen r spoken to any man other than her father, a wealthy Chinese bleman. Nor has she ever ventured outside the cloistered women's quarters of the family villa. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, she finds herself betrothed to a man she does t kw, but Peony has dreams of her own. Her father engages a theatrical troupe to perform scenes from The Peony Pavilion , a Chinese epic opera, in their garden amidst the scent of ginger, green tea and jasmine. 'Unmarried girls should t be seen in public,' says Peony's mother, but her father allows the women to watch from behind a screen. Here, Peony catches sight of an elegant, handsome man and is immediately bewitched. So begins her unforgettable journey of love, desire, sorrow and redemption.
Lisa See is the author of the best-selling Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net, The Interior and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles.