By Lisa See
Lily is haunted through memories–of who she as soon as was once, and of anyone, long past, who outlined her lifestyles. She has not anything yet time now, as she recounts the story of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness.
In nineteenth-century China, whilst other halves and daughters have been foot-bound and lived in nearly overall seclusion, the ladies in a single distant Hunan county constructed their very own mystery code for conversation: nu shu (“women’s writing”). a few ladies have been paired with laotongs, “old sames,” in emotional suits that lasted all through their lives. They painted letters on enthusiasts, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed tales, thereby attaining out in their isolation to proportion their hopes, desires, and accomplishments.
With the arriving of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of advent in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and so they develop into “old sames” on the soft age of 7. because the years cross, via famine and uprising, they mirror upon their prepared marriages, loneliness, and the fun and tragedies of motherhood. the 2 locate solace, constructing a bond that retains their spirits alive. but if a false impression arises, their lifelong friendship unexpectedly threatens to rip apart.
Snow Flower and the key Fan is a brilliantly reasonable trip again to an period of chinese language historical past that's as deeply relocating because it is sorrowful. With the interval aspect and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one among the main mysterious of human relationships: lady friendship.
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