One of my writing challenges from my stamping coach, was to write a post about one of my favorites books. Both me and my daughter Megan, love to read and share many books with each other. We tend to like similar books and different genres. We go through periods, where one month we’re both reading classics or fantasy or biographies, etc. One genre we love is reading about China. We’ve read all of Amy Tan’s novels and our other favorite Chinese author is Lisa See. Lisa See is a great story teller who combines detailed Chinese history. Our all time favorite Lisa See novel is, “Snow Flower & the Secret Fan,” where a language kept a secret for a thousand years, forms the backdrop for an unforgettable novel of two Chinese women whose friendship and love sustains them through their lives.
This absorbing novel – with a storyline unlike anything Lisa See has written before – takes place in 19th century China when girls had their feet bound, then spent the rest of their lives in seclusion with only a single window from which to see. Illiterate and isolated, they were not expected to think, be creative, or have emotions. But in one remote county, women developed their own secret code, nu shu – “women’s writing” – the only gender-based written language to have been found in the world. Some girls were paired as “old-sames” in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their windows to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments.
An old woman tells of her relationship with her “old-same,” their arranged marriages, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood—until a terrible misunderstanding written on their secret fan threatens to tear them apart. With the detail and emotional, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” delves into one of the most mysterious and treasured relationships of all time—female friendship.
Today the DVD comes out as well. Of course good or bad, I just have to watch it with Megan. It’s a girl thing. So, if you’re looking for a good read, treat yourself to, “Snow Flower and the Scret Fan”……