Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Review from Amazon.com: Set in remote 19th-century China, this novel details the deeply affecting story of lifelong, intimate friends Lily and Snow Flower, their imprisonment by rigid codes of conduct for women and their betrayal by pride and love. While granting immediacy to Lily's voice, See transmits historical background in graceful prose. Her in-depth research into women's ceremonies and duties in China's rural interior brings fascinating revelations about arranged marriages, women's inferior status in both their natal and married homes, and the Confucian proverbs and myriad superstitions that informed daily life. Beginning with a detailed and heartbreaking description of Lily and her sisters' foot binding ("Only through pain will you have beauty. Only through suffering will you have peace"), the story widens to a vivid portrait of family and village life. As both a suspenseful and poignant story and an absorbing historical chronicle, this novel has bestseller potential and should become a reading group favorite as well.
If you read Memoirs of a Geisha - you'll love this. The historical facts are so interesting. The relationship between the 2 women is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.
I loved it! Hope you enjoy it too - Betty
*I'd Love to get your reviews of this book when you read it. I couldn't put it down. - Tamra
6 years ago