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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
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May 21, 2012

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Lily and Snow Flower become laotongs who embark on a journey towards womanhood sharing their experiences from footbinding to the marriage mart. Communicating in the secret code nu shu (“women’s writing”), will their friendship overcome Snow Flower's lies?

A lyrical and beautiful story of 2 women growing up in 19th century Hunan China. See paints a complex political, cultural, social and historical story. Unfortunately, See's simplistic and superficial main character Lily, fails to match calibre of the rest of the story.

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