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Lady Tan's circle of women : a novel / Lisa See.

See, Lisa, (author.).


"According to Confucius, "an educated woman is a worthless woman," but Tan Yunxian--born into an elite family, yet haunted by death, separations, and loneliness--is being raised by her grandparents to be of use. Her grandmother is one of only a handful of female doctors in China, and she teaches Yunxian the pillars of Chinese medicine, the Four Examinations--looking, listening, touching, and asking--something a man can never do with a female patient. From a young age, Yunxian learns about women's illnesses, many of which relate to childbearing, alongside a young midwife-in-training, Meiling. The two girls find fast friendship and a mutual purpose--despite the prohibition that a doctor should never touch blood while a midwife comes in frequent contact with it--and they vow to be forever friends, sharing in each other's joys and struggles. No mud, no lotus, they tell themselves: from adversity beauty can bloom. But when Yunxian is sent into an arranged marriage, her mother-in-law forbids her from seeing Meiling and from helping the women and girls in the household. Yunxian is to act like a proper wife--embroider bound-foot slippers, pluck instruments, recite poetry, give birth to sons, and stay forever within the walls of the family compound, the Garden of Fragrant Delights. How might a woman like Yunxian break free of these traditions, go on to treat women and girls from every level of society, and lead a life of such importance that many of her remedies are still used five centuries later? How might the power of friendship support or complicate these efforts?" -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781982117085
  • ISBN: 1982117087
  • Physical Description: 352 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Subject: Women physicians > Fiction.
Aristocracy (Social class) > Fiction.
Female friendship > Fiction.
Midwives > Fiction.
Women > China > Fiction.
Arranged marriage > Fiction.
Sex role > Fiction.
China > History > Ming dynasty, 1368-1644 > Fiction.
FICTION / Historical.
FICTION / Asian American.
FICTION / Literary.
Aristocracy (Social class)
Female friendship.
Women physicians.
Women Physicians.
Aristocracy (social class) > Fiction.
Females Friendship > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.

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  • 0 of 2 copies available at Burlington Public Library System. (Show)
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Burlington Public Library.


  • 1 current hold with 3 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Burlington Public Library F SEE 39851001685362 New Fiction Copy hold Checked out 05/02/2024
Burlington Public Library F SEE 39851001762682 New Fiction Copy hold Checked out 05/02/2024

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