Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Random House Reader's Circle Deluxe Reading Group Edition): A Novel

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Random House Reader's Circle Deluxe Reading Group Edition): A Novel

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by Lisa See
     
 

This new deluxe eBook edition of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan features more than fifty additional pages of exclusive, author-approved annotations throughout the text to enrich your reading experience. You can access the eBook annotations with a simple click or tap on your eReader via the convenient links. Access them as you read the novel or as…  See more details below

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This new deluxe eBook edition of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan features more than fifty additional pages of exclusive, author-approved annotations throughout the text to enrich your reading experience. You can access the eBook annotations with a simple click or tap on your eReader via the convenient links. Access them as you read the novel or as supplemental material after finishing the entire story. There is also Random House Reader’s Circle bonus content, sure to inspire discussion at book clubs everywhere.
 
In Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See takes us on a journey back to a captivating era of Chinese history and delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship.
 
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 has 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679644590
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/12/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
51,242
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Lisa See is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dreams of Joy, Shanghai Girls, Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior, and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
February 18, 1955
Place of Birth:
Paris, France
Education:
B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 1979
Website:
http://www.lisasee.com

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Random House Reader's Circle Deluxe Reading Group Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was intense and packed with amazing historical rural Chinese information. It was also delicate and heart wrenching. I have now read all of Lisa See s novels but this was very special to me.
KarPolo More than 1 year ago
Great Book. Love this author. She writes in a way that you really feel the story- the happiness and the pain of the characters. Great read!
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CathyFitzgerald More than 1 year ago
Rarely do I get so engaged with characters as I did with these two young girls. The story takes place in 19th century China and was very historically interesting, but the characters were phenomenal. I could not put the book down. I literally sobbed the last 40 pages as the two women come full circle. In my TOP 10 forever!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my! This is one of my favorite books! I learned so much even though is a work of fiction. I have respect for an author who has spent time and effort to really learn her subject. Lisa See impressed me with this novel. I will definitely read her others. A definite book club book with much to talk about!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful choice for a book club; book club questions are provided to assist with discussion at a book club, too. The book is a quick read; I didn't want to put the book down. The reader feels a part of these women's lives; happiness, sadness, tragedy and aging. It is a story of a live long bond of friendship. I felt as if I personally had lost two friends when the book ended. A read that is well worth every minute. A bonus is the author's explanation of the research she did to authenticate this story. I can't wait to read the sequel book "Shanghai Girls".
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautifully writen story that strikes the heart deep. It felt as though i had been there watching the everything unfold and the characters were so real. This book will have a permanet place on my favorite books list and its a story i will never forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A novel of two girls bound together in china for their lifetime of happiness, heartache, weakness, and strength, love and hate. Using the secret language of women to share their lives. This book is phenomenal!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the story very interesting, but I didn't care for how it was written. I'm assuming since the author was writing the story in first person from an elderly, naive Chinese woman that she was trying to keep the writing in the same tone. The way the story read you would have thought a child wrote it.
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I loved this book, it made me want to follow Lisa See works.
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Ames26 More than 1 year ago
This story is a tale of two women that live in the nineteenth century in china. They become what is known as each other’s loatongs. This means that they become soul best friends for their lifetime. They write each other on a secret fan in what was known as nu shu, which was an only women’s code. They exchange stories of life, and not only share accomplishments, but also build each other up through their experiences. They come from very different social classes and are able to teach each other of the different ways of life. They develop a bond that is broken and then rekindled at the end, in order to keep their spirits and friendships alive.