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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - A Novel

Lisa See

Lily is haunted by memories-of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu ("women's writing"). Some girls were paired with laotongs, "old sames," in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become "old sames" at the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship. From the Hardcover edition.

Lily is haunted by memories-of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu ("women's writing"). Some girls were paired with laotongs, "old sames," in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become "old sames" at the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship. From the Hardcover edition.
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Lily is haunted by memories-of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu ("women's writing"). Some girls were paired with laotongs, "old sames," in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become "old sames" at the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jodi Long

Length:

5h 3m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

05:22


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:58


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:10


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:43


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:34


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:25


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:49


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:34


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:05


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:06


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:17


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:15


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:16


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:26


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:59


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:30


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:45


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:23


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:13


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:27