Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

  • by Lisa See
  • Narrated by Janet Song
  • 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 19th-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu (“women’s writing”). With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.

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Snow Flower and Lady Lou. What a life

I enjoyed this story. Setting up visions of poor families in ancient China could be a hard task, however Lisa See does a wonderful job of it.
The lives of two Chinese women is told with understanding and imagination. I listened intently as their lives unraveled into a journey of joy and sadness, bitterness and betrayal.
Janet Song delivers a fine performance and I would listen to more of these stories. I believe See and Song do just that. Lisa "sees" the vision and Janet " sings" it. A perfect combination.
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- Deb

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2012
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd