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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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A riveting tale, set in 19th century China, of two little girls whose lives are linked by a bond stronger than blood. Lily and Snow Flower’s love for each other survives separation, terrible hardship, marriage, childbirth and betrayal. Lisa See’s novel is a compelling story of love and the human spirit, brought vividly to life by the detailed picture it presents of ordinary Chinese women’s lives in a time when their sole value was as housekeepers and goods to be traded between households. If you enjoy Adeline Yen-Mah and Amy Tan, you’ll enjoy this.�

If you like Lisa See you might also like to read books by John Burdett, Qiu Xiaolong and Mo Hayder.


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Lily is the daughter of a humble farmer, and to her family she is just another expensive mouth to feed. Then the local matchmaker delivers startling news: if Lily’s feet are bound properly, they will be flawless. In nineteenth-century China, where a woman’s eligibility is judged by the shape and size of her feet, this is extraordinary good luck. Lily now has the power to make a good marriage and change the fortunes of her family. To prepare for her new life, she must undergo the agonies of footbinding, learn nu shu, the famed secret women’s writing, and make a very special friend, Snow Flower. But a bitter reversal of fortune is about to change everything.


'Lisa See has written her best book yet ... achingly beautiful, a marvel of imagination of a real and secret world that has only recently disappeared'
Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club

'Only the best novelists can do what Lisa See has done, to bring to life not only a character but an entire culture, and a sensibility so strikingly different from our own ... engrossing and completely convincing'
Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha

'The wonder of this book is that it takes readers to a place at once foreign and familiar ... Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a triumph on every level, a beautiful, heartbreaking story'
Washington Post

'You can relish See's extraordinary novel as a meticulously researched account of women's lives in nineteenth-century China. But you can also savour See's marvellous narrative as a timeless portrait of a contentious, full-blooded female friendship, one that includes, over several decades, envy, betrayal, erotic love, and deep-seated loyalty'
Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Lisa See
Lisa See is the author of Flower Net, The Interior and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. She lives in Los Angeles. Her new novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a mesmerising novel about two young girls growing up in feudal China.

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2nd January 2007


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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc


352 pages


Family Drama
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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