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Lady Tan's Circle of Women: A Novel



The latest historical novel from New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, inspired by the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China--perfect for fans of See's classic Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and The Island of Sea Women.


According to Confucius, "an educated woman is a worthless woman," but Tan Yunxian--born into an more


368 pages

Average rating: 8.3




Community Reviews

Feb 14, 2024
6/10 stars
I wanted to love this as much as the book world did, but it was lack luster for me. The plot was hard to follow; I didn’t quite understand what direction it was going in or what the actual story was about. The character names were also hard to keep track off during certain parts of the story because there were so many. It was also cringey to read about how essentially it was a “man’s world,” which I know is the reality of the past, but ew. There more
Feb 10, 2024
8/10 stars
Over a lifetime of reading her novels, Lisa See is one of the few authors that I feel safe “judging a book by its cover.” Yet again I am entranced as Lady Tan enhances my understanding of who I am (woman, daughter, mother) as she relates the story of a life so seemingly different than my own. The storytelling - so vibrant, so lush - I am transported to Wuxi to drink Pu-erh and experience the ups and downs of close-hearted woman-kinship. Lisa See more
Feb 03, 2024
9/10 stars
A fascinating insight into both the history of Chinese medicine, midwifery and also the structure of a traditional Chinese household. Also a bit of a who done it plot!
Jan 31, 2024
9/10 stars
Incredible book about the customs and mores of China at a long ago point in time. While we would question such barbaric customs as foot-binding and the practice of buying concubines, there may be customs we observe today that would be abhorrent in future generations. Enjoyed the very strong female characters. Did not realize this was based on a real person, until reading the author’s afterword. Admire Lisa See’s research to create a story that more
Jan 30, 2024
10/10 stars
I really enjoyed this book. I was most impressed that it was based on a real person.

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