Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Book Summary

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lisa See's Peony in Love.

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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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See Reviews

  • love it

    By Hhynybt
    Absolutely amazing book filled with so much detail about Chinese life
  • Great read

    By Ivy417
    Fascinating book....had me thinking about the story and culture for weeks after I had finished reading the book! The storyline is very engaging, while providing a very interesting historical perspective. A great historical fiction piece.
  • Wonderful

    By TAD822
    I read this book in two days! I just couldn't stop reading it. It shows great power and very strong emotion among women who lived extremely male-dominated lives.
  • Beautiful story

    By Losangel
    A friend recommended this book to me and I loved it. A beautiful story of friendship, also very enlightening on a culture I knew nothing of.
  • Excellent!

    By xtinutz86
    Beautifully written. Each page paints a picture and draws you into each character.
  • Surprising

    By Alyson88888
    I usually wouldn't usually read something like this but I finished it in one day! It was very interesting to learn about the culture and the feet binding... I dont know what it is about this book but I couldnt put it down!
  • Snow Flower and the secret fan

    By c&j gma
  • Tragic and beautiful.

    By Blooberii
    I learned so much from this book from Chinese history, to relationships between girls. It would be easy for women in all aspects of life to relate to and enjoy this story.
  • Snow flower and the secret fan

    By MimiB6
    This was a truly inspiring book of fiction. It gave me anguish at times but the undying love throughout the story was so moving and made me cry and laugh at the same time. I would not have wanted to live at this time but I am sorry I never had this type of love with a woman. A beautiful story and written with love.
  • Amazing

    By Kimbolittle
    This novel takes you on a journey that moves you and makes you think about the depths of friendship and loyalty.

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