Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See is a fantastic book. I love Chinese culture and I find their practice of footbinding very interesting. It is one of my favorite novels! It's a sad book in respect to how women were treated like they were useless. But at the same time you read about a beautiful bond that two women can share. It is about the life of Chinese girl as she goes transitions to womenhood and marries. It is incredible what these women would do to prepare for their weddings. They had incredible endurance, pain intolerance, strength, and personal control. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys a nice read that will take you through many emotions. If you like this book than you have to read Peony in Love. I am reading it right now and I cannot believe how amazing it is. It took me totally be suprise.
"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."
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