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    Lisa See is the author of Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior, andDragon 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.
    To schedule a speaking engagement, please contact American Program Bureau

    From the Hardcover edition.
    In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “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 she’s painted 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 fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared 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 deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.


    ISBN 9780812968064
    Genre FICTION / Psychological
    Format Paperback
    Pages 269
    Publisher Date 2006-02-21 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Random House Inc
    Copyright Year 2005
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.0 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.5 lb
    Language English
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors See, Lisa
    Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
    Country of Origin United States

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    • Snow Flower and The Secret Fan

      Very enjoyable. Rich with culture and growing up.

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    • 5 star story

      Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is one of those books that is able to exceed great expectations. My sister let me borrow this book after telling me what a moving story it was and how much she loved it. I am easily disappointed whenever my expectations are influenced by a great deal of hype, but I read it with an open mind. I am happy to say that Snow Flower did not disappoint in the least bit. The story is about the friendship of Lily and Snow Flower, and their destinies at a time in a culture that predetermines life by birth. Though the bond shared by Lily and Snow Flower is special, like all relationships, it is imperfect. We read about the triumphs and challenges that the characters face as individuals and how their friendship transcends the events and changes that come about with life and time. The author illustrates the complexities and magnitude of emotions of a lifelong friendship and we see the importance of loyalty and forgiveness and the insignificance of bitterness and grudge. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a beautiful and emotional story that is both entertaining and memorable.

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    • Great Book

      This book was so good, I think it took me two days to read it. The characters were well formed, and there were times I think I almost physically felt their pain. It truely gives you a certain respect for the culture.

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    • Snow Flower And the Secret Fan

      Books were in timely manner, at a good price and in excellent conditions

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    • NOt a great read

      It is informative - the way things were for girls getting their feet bound, but not an entertaining read. I've certainly read better authors' work

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    • An emotional experience

      At the heart of "Snow Flower and The Secret Fan" is a bond two women from different backgrounds form with one another. This is a story about their relationship. It is about hardships and realizations that ultimately transcend era, gender, ethnicity. This is a well written moving story. I saw the characters vividly and I heartily felt their pain and loss.

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    • A Story That Empowers Women In An Unexpected Way

      There are parts in this book that will make you wince and want to look away, but by the time that happens, you are already enthralled. You will want to look away again, emotionally, and physically, but you will not to be able to. You are in for a journey that transcends time, space and all you understand about being a woman.

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    • Great Read

      This was a wonderful book about the bond between two women at a difficult time in Chinese history. I am fascinated with some of the customs discussed in the book and am doing my own research to find out more. It was very moving, sad, joyous and poignant. I have given it to my best friend to read. I totally enjoyed it.

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    • Damask Sheet Set

      Excellent quality material. Better than expected. Delivery time was VG .

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    • Snow Flower

      I actually haven't read the book yet, but I had purchased 10 copies to distribute for my turn to host my book club. I have already received 3 separate messages from members that finished the book and LOVED it! Each had mentioned that they are immediately passing it along to friends! So I suppose that says all I need to say!

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