Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel

By Lisa See

In nineteenth-century China, in a distant Hunan county, a woman named Lily, on the delicate age of 7, is paired with a laotong, an “old same,” in an emotional fit that might final a life-time. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself via sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s written a poem in nu shu, a special language that chinese language girls created so one can converse in mystery, clear of the impact of fellows. because the years move, Lily and Snow Flower ship messages at the fan and compose tales on handkerchiefs, achieving out of isolation to percentage their hopes, desires, and accomplishments. jointly they suffer the pain of footbinding and mirror upon their prepared marriages, their loneliness, and the fun and tragedies of motherhood. the 2 locate solace of their friendship, constructing a bond that retains their spirits alive. but if a false impression arises, their courting all of sudden threatens to rip apart.

Snow Flower and the key Fan is an enthralling trip again to an period of chinese language heritage that's as deeply relocating because it is sorrowful. Now in a deluxe paperback version whole with an multiplied Random apartment Reader’s Circle consultant and an particular dialog among Lisa See and her mom, fellow author Carolyn See, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel is, because the Seattle instances says, “a fantastically drawn portrait of lady friendship and power.”

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She used her chopsticks to drag aside slivers of the red meat and raise them delicately to her lips. Her restraint and keep watch over taught me a lesson i haven't strayed from to at the present time. you can be determined, yet by no means permit an individual see you as something under a cultivated lady. i used to be now not performed with Madame Wang. “We will desire ladies for Sitting and Singing,” I acknowledged. “Can you carry Snow Flower’s elder sister “Her in-laws won't permit her get back to this apartment. ” I digested this truth. I had no longer heard that the sort of factor was once attainable. “We nonetheless desire girls,” I insisted. “No one will come, pass over Lily,” Madame Wang confided. “My brother-in-law’s attractiveness is just too undesirable. No relations will permit an single lady to move this threshold. What approximately your mom and aunt? They already be aware of the situation—” “No! ” I wasn’t able to care for them but, and Snow Flower didn’t desire their pity. What my laotong wanted have been strangers. I had funds from my marriage ceremony. I slipped a few of it into Madame Wang’s hand. “Do no longer go back till you've got stumbled on 3 ladies. Pay their fathers no matter what you think that is the correct quantity. inform them i'll be answerable for their daughters. ” i used to be certain that my new married prestige to the easiest kinfolk in Tongkou will be persuasive, but i'll simply as simply were speaking out of my at the back of, for definitely my in-laws had no concept i used to be utilizing their place during this demeanour. nonetheless, i'll see Madame Wang weigh this. She had to proceed to do company in Tongkou and used to be with regards to to harvest the long term merits of bringing me to the Lu kin. She didn't wish to jeopardize her place, yet she had already bent many principles to profit her niece. eventually Madame Wang labored out the equation in her brain, nodded as soon as, then left. an afternoon later, she lower back with 3 daughters of farmers who labored for my spouse's father. In different phrases, they have been women like me, other than that they had now not had my distinct merits. I willed that month. I led the women of their making a song. I helped them locate reliable phrases to write down approximately Snow Flower—someone they knew now not at all—in their third-day marriage ceremony books. in the event that they didn’t understand a personality, I wrote it for them myself. in the event that they dawdled of their quiltmaking, I took them apart and whispered that their fathers will be punished in the event that they didn’t safely practice the roles they'd been employed for. bear in mind how issues have been for my elder sister? She was once unhappy to be leaving our domestic, yet every person believed she was once going to a good marriage. Her songs have been neither too tragic nor too glad, reflecting what was once to be her destiny. I had had combined feelings approximately my marriage. I too used to be unhappy to depart domestic, yet i used to be excited that my lifestyles may switch for the higher. I had sung songs to compliment my mom and dad for bringing me up and to thank them for his or her exertions on my behalf. Snow Flower’s destiny, however, appeared bleak. nobody may deny or switch that, so our songs have been choked with depression. “Mama,” Snow Flower chanted sooner or later, “Baba didn't plant me on a sunny hill. i'll dwell within the coloration ceaselessly.

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