Conversations with Authors - Lan and Harlan Cao with Isabel Allende (Virtual Event)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 4:00pm


Sunday, October 18th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao

in conversation with Isabel Allende

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.


Lan Cao’s dual first-person memoir, Family in Six Tones—co-authored with her American daughter Harlan Margaret Van Cao—explores their complicated relationship, culture clash, and how they have grown both as individuals and as a family.

Lan is a Vietnamese American writer who left Saigon for the U.S. as a refugee in 1975. She is the author of two other novels, Monkey Bridge and The Lotus and the Storm. Both novels tell the stories of Vietnamese refugees in America, set against the Vietnam War and its traumatic aftermath for those who are left with its haunting legacy. In both novels, the war is told from a Vietnamese American perspective.

Lan is also a professor of law and has taught at Brooklyn Law School, Michigan Law School, Duke Law School, and William & Mary Law School. She is currently working at Chapman Law School in Orange, CA. She has written numerous articles on public international law, international trade, and rule of law development. Her book Culture in Law and Development: Nurturing Positive Change was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Isabel Allende—novelist, feminist, and philanthropist—is one of the most widely-read authors in the world, having sold more than 74 million books. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she won worldwide acclaim in 1982 with the publication of her hugely popular first novel, The House of the Spirits. In addition to her work as a writer, Allende devotes much of her time to human rights causes.


Below, please find links to purchase their books.



Family in Six Tones: A Refugee Mother, an American Daughter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984878168
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Published: Viking - September 15th, 2020

"A brilliant duet and a moving exploration of the American immigrant experience."--Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being

A dual first-person memoir by the acclaimed Vietnamese-American novelist and her thoroughly American teenage daughter

Monkey Bridge Cover Image
By Lan Cao
ISBN: 9780140263619
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 1998

Hailed by critics and writers as powerful, important fiction, Monkey Bridge charts the unmapped territory of the Vietnamese American experience in the aftermath of war.

The Lotus and the Storm: A Novel Cover Image
By Lan Cao
ISBN: 9780143127611
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - April 28th, 2015

A lyrical novel of love and betrayal in the aftermath of the fall of Saigon—from the author of Monkey Bridge

A singular work of witness, inspiration, and courage, The Lotus and the Storm marks the welcome return of Lan Cao’s pitch-perfect voice, telling the story only she can tell.

The House of the Spirits: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501117015
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Published: Atria Books - December 15th, 2015

“Spectacular...An absorbing and distinguished work...The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” —The New York Times Book Review

The House of the Spirits, the unforgettable first novel th

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A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781984820150
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 21st, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.