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Snow flower and the secret fan : a novel

See, Lisa.

New York : Random House, c2005.

258 p. ; 25 cm.

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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. Beginning with a detailed and heartbreaking description of Lily and her sisters' foot binding ("Only through pain will you have beauty. Only through suffering will you have peace"), the story widens to a vivid portrait of family and village life. Most impressive is See's incorporation of nu shu, a secret written phonetic code among women—here between Lily and Snow Flower—that dates back 1,000 years in the southwestern Hunan province ("My writing is soaked with the tears of my heart,/ An invisible rebellion that no man can see"). As both a suspenseful and poignant story and an absorbing historical chronicle, this novel has bestseller potential and should become a reading group favorite as well. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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ISBN:

978-1-40006028-3 : $21.95

LC Call No:

PS3569.E3334 S66 2005

Dewey Class No:

813/.54 22

Author:

See, Lisa.

Title:

Snow flower and the secret fan : a novel / Lisa See.

Edition:

1st ed.

Publisher:

New York : Random House, c2005.

Physical:

258 p. ; 25 cm.

Notes:

Flume Award Nominee 2009.

Citation/Refs:

Libr Journal, June 01,2005

Citation/Refs:

Publ Weekly, April 18,2005

Citation/Refs:

Kirkus, April 15,2005

Citation/Refs:

Libr Journal, March 01,2005

Summary:

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. Beginning with a detailed and heartbreaking description of Lily and her sisters' foot binding ("Only through pain will you have beauty. Only through suffering will you have peace"), the story widens to a vivid portrait of family and village life. Most impressive is See's incorporation of nu shu, a secret written phonetic code among women—here between Lily and Snow Flower—that dates back 1,000 years in the southwestern Hunan province ("My writing is soaked with the tears of my heart,/ An invisible rebellion that no man can see"). As both a suspenseful and poignant story and an absorbing historical chronicle, this novel has bestseller potential and should become a reading group favorite as well. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Target Audience:

Adult.

Target Audience:

Adult.

Awards Note:

Flume Award 2009

Subject:

Reminiscing in old age--Fiction.--Flume Award 2009

Subject:

Female friendship--Fiction.

Subject:

Women--China--Fiction.

Subject:

Married women--Fiction.

Subject:

Older women--Fiction.

Subject:

Footbinding--Fiction.

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