Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Kit - 2006
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Lily is haunted by memories--of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu ("women's writing"). They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become "old sames" at the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2006, c2005
ISBN: 9780812968064
0812968069
Branch Call Number: Book Kit 23
Characteristics: 15 paperback books (269 p.)

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AuntJane Apr 09, 2012

Just finished reading this story and it has left me feeling so sad and introspective! (and SO GLAD I have 'big flipping fish feet'! ) An excellent historical novel that follows Lily and her friend Snowflower, their traditional lifestyles and the relationships that develop in rural China. SAD STORY, but a very good read. Check out Lisa See on the internet to see pictures of Bound feet = ouch!

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rmc63
Nov 13, 2009

was a bookclub selection that I enjoyed - reminder to not make assumptions based on appearances

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