Monday, May 25, 2009

Best books: Lisa See

Lisa See is the author of Peony in Love and the best-selling Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Her new novel is Shanghai Girls.

She named a best books list for The Week. One title on the list:
The Handyman by Carolyn See (Ballantine, $19).

My favorite of my mother’s novels. While waiting to start art school, Bob becomes a handyman. Going from house to house and disaster to disaster, he discovers that while he’s not very good at fixing things, he’s very good at repairing people’s lives. It’s about the origins of fame, the quirks of destiny, and what it means to be an artist.
Read about another book on Lisa See's list.

The Page 99 Test: Lisa See's Peony in Love.

--Marshal Zeringue