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Thursday Book Club

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free

Book Club

Lady Tan’s Circle of Women

by Lisa See

Thursday, April 25th

6:00-7:00 PM

 

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 and vow to be forever friends, sharing in each other’s joys and struggles.

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, recite poetry, give birth to sons, and stay forever within the walls of the family compound, the Garden of Fragrant Delights.

Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk

Details

Date:
April 25
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Venue

Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT 06793
Washington, CT 06793 US
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Gunn Memorial Library
Phone
860-868-7586
Email
gunnprograms@gunnlibrary.org
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