- the role of women in society
- the nature of marriage
- the types of love: carnal, prideful, deep-heart, selfish, maternal, familial, etc
- the Chinese view of afterlife, and the relationships between the living, ghosts and the ancestors
- the affects of education for women
- the relationship of "sister-wives"
- the transforming power of literature
And listen to this quote about a seventeenth century Chinese women's book club:
" The members of the Banana Garden Five had come together by choice... they bravely explored deep emotions, even when they were grim... They had formed a sisterhood of friendship and writing, and then they built an intellectual and emotional community of women throughout the country through reading. In looking for solace, dignity, and recognition, they brought their quest to other women who still lived behind locked gates or were being pushed by the the Manchus." (Peony in Love, pg. 206)
This book has gotten lots of great reviews; discussion questions are readily available and a Chinese menu is already brewing in the back of my mind. Lisa See has also written: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Dragon Bones, The Interior, Flower Net and On Gold Mountain.