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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (154,797 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa See Narrator: Janet Song Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, an “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 written 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 the fan and compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together they endure the agony of footbinding and reflect upon their arranged marriages, their loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace in their friendship, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their relationship suddenly threatens to tear apart.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a captivating journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kay | 2/10/2014

    " It was OK. Interesting to learn about some of the old Chinese culture "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jen | 2/9/2014

    " This was such a well written, interesting book! I read it in one sitting, because I couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zoe Jussel | 2/8/2014

    " I have always been fascinated by the era in Japanese culture and ritual, most especially the act of foot binding. This act is so astonishing to me and almost surreal to think it was still being practiced in the early 20th century in some remote villages. This book begins in the early life of two girls and their families, how they grew, what was done, their relationship throughout. Life was just so completely different from anything we could ever imagine as women in the here and now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by ☆Kiran ☆ | 2/4/2014

    " This book has lost me for words. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan literally has taken me to 19th century China. This book made me feel as if I was there along with Lily taking in all her troubles, her worries, her happiness, and fun times with her loatong. The language in this book just took my breath away. Lisa See does a very good job decribing the care and delicacy of the womens launge Nu Shu that the women just took so the men in the "outer world" don't suspect suspicion among the women. Another good part of this book was the way Lisa See expresses the bond between Lily and Snow Flower and how it can never be severed. Lisa See also does an excelete job of discirbing the history of ancient China. Exspecially the detailed part about foot binding and what preparations the women had to make for there young daughter. I ever started getting foot pain from reading this book. I absolutly recommand this book to history,cultural, and the people who love a great story about a life of w young women through her years. "

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