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Lily is haunted via memories–of who she as soon as used to be, and of someone, gone, who outlined her lifestyles. She has not anything yet time now, as she recounts the story of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness.

In nineteenth-century China, while better halves and daughters have been foot-bound and lived in nearly overall seclusion, the ladies in a single distant Hunan county constructed their very own mystery code for communique: nu shu (“women’s writing”). a few women have been paired with laotongs, “old sames,” in emotional suits that lasted all through their lives. They painted letters on fanatics, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed tales, thereby achieving out in their isolation to percentage their hopes, desires, and accomplishments.

With the arriving of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of creation in nu shu, their friendship is sealed they usually turn into “old sames” on the soft age of 7. because the years go, via famine and uprising, they replicate upon their prepared marriages, loneliness, and the fun and tragedies of motherhood. the 2 locate solace, constructing a bond that retains their spirits alive. but if a false impression arises, their lifelong friendship unexpectedly threatens to rip apart.

Snow Flower and the key Fan is a brilliantly reasonable trip again to an period of chinese language heritage that's as deeply relocating because it is sorrowful. With the interval element and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into essentially the most mysterious of human relationships: woman friendship.

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Perhaps. ' she declared bitterly. ' She presented her back to him then, groping in the bag that hung from one shoulder for the handkerchief she couldn't find. Jason watched her helpless fumblings for several minutes, and then extracted his own handkerchief from his pocket and handed it to her. But instead of thanking him, as he had expected, she snatched the pristine square of white linen and threw it on the floor, deliberately grinding the heel of her boot upon it. Jason stared, bleak-eyed, as she kicked the now soiledhandkerchief aside, and rubbed her nose unhygienically on the back of her hand.

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