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Informative,
Interesting,
Dramatic

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
by Lisa See

Published: 2006-02-21
Paperback : 288 pages
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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, ?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 ...
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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, ?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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by kcharba (see profile) 09/19/18

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 08/16/18

Historical

 
  "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan"by nmsanders34488 (see profile) 05/04/18

This is another book that our Book Club rated 4.5 stars. Very interesting, detailed story.

 
  "Snow Flower and the Fan"by AnnFant (see profile) 12/15/17

Book held my attention and was informative and customs of long ago. Sometimes and little gloomy and sad. It was well written.

 
  "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan"by [email protected] (see profile) 12/12/17

This book was so interesting. It is so typical of the way women were treated in all cultures. Men have always wanted a son, but girls were considered worthless in most cultures. Women were expected... (read more)

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