Sunday, July 15, 2007

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Daily Book Buddy lives! Sorry for the missed posts, but we were moving and then had some Internet problems. This book is a pick of my library book club. It's the story of two women in 19Th century China who are "old sames" which is a sort of arranged best friendship. The book follows them from the time of the their foot binding to their lives as adults, focusing on the narrator, Lily and the shame she feels at not being true to Snow Flower, her old same. While the moment of betrayal doesn't have quite as much punch as I was expecting, the description of the the women's lives was very interesting, including the secret writing the women practiced unknown to men and of course, the depiction of foot binding.

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