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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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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, an “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 shes written 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 the fan and compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together they endure the agony of footbinding and reflect upon their arranged marriages, their loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace in their friendship, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their relationship suddenly threatens to tear apart.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a captivating journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. Now in a deluxe paperback edition complete with an expanded Random House Readers Circle guide and an exclusive conversation between Lisa See and her mother, fellow writer Carolyn See, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel is, as the Seattle Times says, “a beautifully drawn portrait of female friendship and power.”

Synopsis:

In 19th-century China, when wives and daughters live in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county develop their own secret code for communication. This work offers a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful.

About the Author

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812980356
Author:
See, Lisa
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
china;fiction;historical fiction;friendship;women;footbinding;novel;historical;19th century;family;female friendship;history;marriage;nu shu;asia;asian;relationships;culture;literature;chinese culture;love;secret language;arranged marriage;contemporary;ad
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.20x5.84x.82 in. .66 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In 19th-century China, when wives and daughters live in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county develop their own secret code for communication. This work offers a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful.
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