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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Lisa See

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Title:Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Authors:Lisa See
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2007), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 352 pages
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (2005)

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I would give this six stars. My all time favorite book.

An exploration of female friendship in all its ups and downs, jealousies, loyalties, and betrayals; and a comment on the spiritual meaning of tradition, ritual, and ceremony. ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Apr 5, 2014 |
I would give this six stars. My all time favorite book.

An exploration of female friendship in all its ups and downs, jealousies, loyalties, and betrayals; and a comment on the spiritual meaning of tradition, ritual, and ceremony. ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Apr 5, 2014 |
The book was well written and really showed the culture of China. Its a nice story of a friendship that despite a traditional start, ended unconventionally. Great read for best friends out there. ( )
  krizia_lazaro | Mar 17, 2014 |
This a favorite of mine. A definite tearjerker but so worth the tears. ( )
  jsamaha | Mar 14, 2014 |
This was a really captivating read. It moves along like conversation with an old friend. The historical element was fascinating. Sure makes modern living seem like a piece of cake. ( )
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
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I am what they call in our village "one who has not yet died" -- a widow, eighty years old.
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No matter how scared I was of her words, I wanted to cling to those wings and fly away
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Friends Snow Flower and Lily find solace in their bond as they face isolation, arranged marriages, loss, and motherhood in nineteenth-century China.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812968069, Paperback)

In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared 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 deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.

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In nineteenth century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, or "old same," in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The two women exchange messages written on silk fans and handkerchieves using nu shu, a unique language that women created in order to communicate in secret, sharing their experiences, but when a misunderstanding arises, their friendship threatens to tear apart.… (more)

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