Monday, January 01, 2007

Snow Flower and The Secret Fan

I have been trying to read more books lately. I really enjoy reading and I wanted to get back into doing more activities that I enjoy.
I just finished this one, Snow Flower and The Secret Fan. I found out about this book from members of the Panda Book Club. Although I do not participate in that group they said that they highly recommended it and I enjoyed it so MUCH that I purchased three copies...One for my self and two for gifts.
Here is a little bit about it........The following information came from the Costco Web site. I purchases these books myself from my local Costco Store. I am going to check out more books by this author.
You can click on the blog tittle and it will take you to the authors, Lisa See's, web site or go to
Here is the information from Costco.
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.

Author Bio
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.
Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Category: Fiction
Published: June 2005
Published by: Random House
Dimensions: 6.6" x 9.8" x 1.1"
ISBN: 1400060281

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