Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See

snowflower.gifMarie says this is a “Very Good” read, but not exceptional.

This is another starred review in Publisher’s Weekly:

“See’s engrossing novel set in remote 19th-century China details the deeply affecting story of lifelong, intimate friends (laotong, or “old sames”) Lily and Snow Flower, their imprisonment by rigid codes of conduct for women and their betrayal by pride and love. While granting immediacy to Lily’s voice, See (Flower Net) adroitly transmits historical background in graceful prose. Her in-depth research into women’s ceremonies and duties in China’s rural interior brings fascinating revelations about arranged marriages, women’s inferior status in both their natal and married homes, and the Confucian proverbs and myriad superstitions that informed daily life.”

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One thought on “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See

  1. Enjoyable read. Interesting insight into the Chinese culture, especially the role of women.
    ******SPOILER ALERT!**********
    The theme of a childhood friendship compromised due to a misunderstanding and the subsequent efforts to right a wrong through the next generation is eerily reminiscent of THE KITE RUNNER.

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