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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
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Jul 26, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, read-in-2009, fiction
Read in July, 2009

This book was such a bittersweet look into a Chinese culture that barely survives today. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a wonderful story of friendship, survival, and a woman's worth. Lisa See did a wonderful job of portraying emotion and using descriptive language that made me feel both so much joy and so much pain for her characters. I was enchanted by Nu Shu and the sad images of what women went through with footbinding. See challenges her readers to reconsider what misconceptions or misunderstandings we face through life, as we try to save face for ourselves and our families.

I only wish that the book went into more detail on the feelings and emotions that went along with these prearranged marriages that the girls faced, and was left with so many questions concerning their fears and their curiousity as these men, these strangers, took them as wives.

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