Snow Flower And The Secret Fan by Lisa See takes us back to a time in 19th century China where a woman’s worth was measured by her sons. Yet in the confines of a limiting environment women managed to share their stories and hopes though a secret women’s language nu shu.
The story follows a friendship bond matched for two young girls that is stronger than a marriage. We see the events unfold through the aged eyes of Lily, looking back at her dearest friendship and deepest pain. The fan Snow Flower sends to open their relationship as laotongs (old sames) documents their relationship as they endure famines, rebellions, arranged marriages, childbirth and deaths.
It’s a unique and startling look at female friendships that will linger long after you finish the novel. This story’s being released as a movie this year. I’m sure it will be visually stunning but it will have a herculean task to capture all the raw emotion in this book.