Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See


This novel is set in nineteenth-century China and tells about the life-long friendship of Lily and Snow Flower. They mainly communicate by writing on a silk fan in nu shu, a secret language created by Chinese women, which men couldn’t decipher. I loved learning about nu shu and what being a female at that time in China involved, including the emotional laotong (old same) friendship pairings, the inconceivable arranged marriages, and the (wince) horrific foot binding.

Gwenamon: A beautifully written, well-researched, easy read


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bookworm, confidante, creative director, cyclist, global wanderer, music lover, shutterbug, shoe shopper, snowboarder, writer, yoga geek. i'm also a very proud mama of a lil mister named james.
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