By Lisa See
Lily is haunted via memories–of who she as soon as used to be, and of an individual, gone, who outlined her lifestyles. She has not anything yet time now, as she recounts the story of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness.
In nineteenth-century China, whilst other halves and daughters have been foot-bound and lived in nearly overall seclusion, the ladies in a single distant Hunan county built their very own mystery code for verbal exchange: nu shu (“women’s writing”). a few ladies have been paired with laotongs, “old sames,” in emotional suits that lasted all through their lives. They painted letters on lovers, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed tales, thereby attaining out in their isolation to proportion their hopes, goals, and accomplishments.
With the coming of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of creation in nu shu, their friendship is sealed they usually develop into “old sames” on the delicate age of 7. because the years move, via famine and uprising, they mirror upon their prepared marriages, loneliness, and the fun and tragedies of motherhood. the 2 locate solace, constructing a bond that retains their spirits alive. but if a false impression arises, their lifelong friendship all of sudden threatens to rip apart.
Snow Flower and the key Fan is a brilliantly sensible trip again to an period of chinese language heritage that's as deeply relocating because it is sorrowful. With the interval element and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into certainly one of the main mysterious of human relationships: lady friendship.
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel by Lisa See