Saturday, August 4, 2012

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

 Today I finished an amazing five star book called Snow Flower and the Secret Fan written by Lisa See, a New York Times bestselling author!  I rarely come across a book that's five stars, it's almost always four, but this book was truly breathtaking.  Here's the summary!

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan     In nineteenth century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl  named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, an "old same," in an emotional match that will last a lifetime.  The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she's written a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men.

As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on the fan and compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams and accomplishments.  Together they endure the agony of footbinding and reflect upon their arranged marriages, their loneliness and the joys and tragedies of motherhood.  The two find solace in their friendship, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive.  But when a misunderstanding arises, their relationships suddenly threatens to tear apart.

A wonderfully written book that is well researched and well thought out.  I loved both characters, Lily and Snow Flower and I really loved to see their bond when growing up from little girls to becoming adults and eventually, mothers.  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan had love, hope, tragedy, and female friendship throughout the book.  This book was so mesmerizing that the pages float away and the story remains clearly before you from beginning to end.  I would definitely recommend it!!!

Alyssa :)