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”). Some girls were paired with laotongs, “old sames,” in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. 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.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship.
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Lisa See is the author of Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior, and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Jodi Long takes us into the nineteenth-century world of two Hunan Chinese women as Lily Lu, an 80-year-old matriarch, reflects on her life. As a young girl, she and Snow Flower, the daughter of a wealthy family, bonded for life, exchanging messages on a fan written in nu shu, a secret language known only to women. Long helps us feel Lilys torment as she suffers through foot binding, made worse by the callousness of her distant mother. We watch the vivid relationship of the two women as they experience marriage, pregnancy, pestilence, and war, continually fighting the constraints of their gender. Sees research is extensive; her writing is immediate, involving, and graceful. All these elements are strengthened by Longs reading. S.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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