March 05, 2007
"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See is the beautiful and moving story of a two young girls, Lily, a farmer’s daughter, and the more privileged Snow Flower. Born in the 1820s the story follows their lives until Lily is in her 80s. The girls become laotong or “old same” when they are seven and forge a friendship and bond that lasts a life time. They are raised in China at a time when a woman’s value is determined by how small her bound feet are (and if they form a perfect lily shape) and the number of sons she produces. The girls are from different towns and communicate using a secret women’s writing from that region of Hunan called nu shu. As the story unfolds, and the girls grow into womanhood, marry, have children, suffer the loss of family, the terror of war and have a misunderstanding that alters their lives and friendship.
Posted by jnardine at March 5, 2007 09:44 AM