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National Book Festival

Lisa See was born in Paris and grew up in Los Angeles. She lived with her mother, but spent a lot of time with her father’s family in Chinatown. Her first book, 1995’s “On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family,” was a national best-seller and a New York Times Notable Book. See has also been West Coast correspondent for Publishers Weekly. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Self and More, and she has written the libretto for the opera based on “On Gold Mountain.” See’s new novel is “China Dolls” (Random House), which the Los Angeles Times called “a sweeping, turbulent tale of passion, friendship, good fortune, bad fortune, perfidy and the hope of reconciliation.”

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Lisa See

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