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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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Lily is the daughter of a humble farmer in Yongming County, and to her family is just another mouth to feed until she can be married off. But, when ... Show synopsis

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  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Apr 9, 2011
    by Cheryl

    I hated the fact that the book ended when it did. I could have gone on forever. It was like I was living in the time and day the book was written in. Wonderful, relaxing read, and then some.
    Cheryl

  • Good book!! Dec 16, 2010
    by avrenim

    The story is a powerful one. It follows the life of two little girls and speaks of the friendship between them. One of them marries well and the other one married a poor man. The book follows the old customs in China, but the experiences and values these two girls experience are very applicable to today. You see how each girl changes to adapt to their destinys, and how their lives play out. I loved this book.

  • Beautiful sorrow Aug 2, 2010
    by Ellyb

    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.

  • Good Read Jul 29, 2010
    by Janice P

    This was an excellent example of good research. I was fascinated to learn about a part of Chinese culture that I had never heard of before. This was one of those books that you don't want to end. I've passed the book along to my sister and can't wait to hear her remarks. I know I will be purchasing more books by Lisa See in the future.

  • good description Jun 10, 2010
    by ter713

    Great book, a little depressing, but I enjoyed it.

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