Welcome to the Blogging From A to Z Challenge!
My theme for 2013 is Influential Women Authors.
My definition of influential is any author, classic or modern, who has inspired writers, readers, or the larger scope of culture. Some are personal favorites, or have special meaning to me.
What this list is not: a list of the most influential writers of all time. Rather, this is a collection of influential writers, corresponding with each day's letter.
Lisa See is a writer whose Chinese-American heritage influences her work. She wrote Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shangai Girls, and most recently, Dreams of Joy, which all share themes about Chinese women of the past.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a beautiful, haunting book about two life-long friends who meet as girls, and support each other through arranged marriages, foot binding, and a bunch of other bleak circumstances that inevitably make you feel pretty grateful about your own life. Her detail into 1800s China makes the story even more compelling. I have not seen the movie, although it seems to have mixed reviews. This is one of those sweeping epics, so maybe best to stick with the book.
Her books have landed on many bestseller lists, and she was nominated for an Edgar award for her first novel. More on her website.
Have you read any books by Lisa See? Or, have you read any historical fiction novels about a certain era that has intrigued you?