By Lisa See
In nineteenth-century China, in a distant Hunan county, a woman named Lily, on the soft age of 7, is paired with a laotong, an “old same,” in an emotional fit that might final an entire life. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by way of sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s written a poem in nu shu, a different language that chinese language ladies created so one can converse in mystery, clear of the impression of guys. because the years move, Lily and Snow Flower ship messages at the fan and compose tales on handkerchiefs, achieving out of isolation to percentage their hopes, desires, and accomplishments. jointly they undergo the ache of footbinding and replicate upon their prepared marriages, their loneliness, and the thrill and tragedies of motherhood. the 2 locate solace of their friendship, constructing a bond that retains their spirits alive. but if a false impression arises, their courting unexpectedly threatens to rip apart.
Snow Flower and the key Fan is a charming trip again to an period of chinese language historical past that's as deeply relocating because it is sorrowful. Now in a deluxe paperback variation entire with an elevated Random residence Reader’s Circle consultant and an specific dialog among Lisa See and her mom, fellow author Carolyn See, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel is, because the Seattle instances says, “a fantastically drawn portrait of woman friendship and power.”