The author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls has garnered international acclaim for her great skill at rendering the intricate relationships of women and the complex meeting of history and fate.
A major motion picture (2007) from Oscar-winning director Ang
Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Brokeback Mountain). an
intensely passionate story of love and espionage, set in Shanghai
during World War II.
In the midst of the Japanese occupation of China and Hong Kong, two lives become intertwined.
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.
In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication.