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Viewing Entry - Snow flower and the secret fan (E12888)
by See, Lisa

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TitleSnow flower and the secret fan
Author / Responsible partySee, Lisa
GenreDomestic fiction.
TopicsDomestic fiction. Reminiscing in old age -- Fiction. Female friendship -- Fiction. Women -- China -- Fiction. Psychological fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd. [Association for the Blind of WA]


The story of two extraordinary women surviving in a time of strict rules and ancient customs. Humble farmer's daughter Lily is no ordinary girl. If properly bound, her feet will be flawless and in 19th century China, where a woman's eligibility is judged by the shape and size of her feet, this is extraordinary good luck. Lily now has the power to make a good marriage and change the fortunes of her family. But first she must undergo the agonies of footbinding, learn nu shu, the secret women's writing, and a girl will be chosen as her "old-same", a relationship almost akin to marriage. Lily's "old-same", Snow Flower, comes from a refined family. Even though their worlds are far apart they develop a deep bond through their letters written in nu shu. Lily and Snow Flower find comfort in their friendship. But when they come of age to be married, a misunderstanding threatens to change everything.

Additional Information

System control numberE12888
Original Print PublisherNew York : Random House, 2005.
Narrator NameJanet Song.
Participant or performer noteJanet Song.
Narrators GenderFemale narrator