Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Author:Lisa See In nineteenth-century China, women lived in isolation and had to endure the ancient tradition of footbinding. But in one remote Hunan County, women developed their own secret-code writing, nu shu. Some girls were paired as "old sames"in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted the nu shu letters on fans, embroidered the... more »m on handkerchiefs, and used the secret women's writing to compose stories and songs, thereby reaching out of seclusion to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments.
In this engrossing novel, a woman looking back on her life tells of her profound bond with her "old same," the arranged marriages each endured, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood - until a terrible misunderstanding written on their secret fan threatens to tear them apart. With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan delves into one of the most mysterious relationships: female friendship.« less