Beautiful sorrow Aug 2, 2010
This is a book that sat on my shelf for a very long time before I had a chance to read it, and I'm so glad that I finally did. 'Snow Flower and the Secret Fan' tells the story of Lily, a farmer's daughter, and her "old same" Snow Flower, daughter of a wealthy family. The two girls are bound by contract to be laotongs (something like a sworn sister, but more intense) for their entire lives, communicating across the distances on a fan in the women's writing known as nu shu. However, as Lily's station in life rises due to her connection with Snow Flower, Snow Flower does not share her luck.
This book was heart-breaking for the way it explores regret and sorrow, and how these two emotions are inextricable from a life-long friendship. To say anymore would probably give away too much of the plot, not that there are twists, necessarily, but the journey of these two girls deserves to be read with a fresh pair of eyes and an unjaded heart.