I am really excited to see that Snow Flower and the Secret Fan has been made into a movie. It’s playing now, so if you have any interest in seeing it, look for it near you.
I discovered this book when a friend recommended it for a book club. It was my first experience reading Lisa See. Ever since then I have looked forward to her new books. My favorite, though an unlikely pick for me, is Peony In Love.
The beauty of Lisa See‘s writing is the way that the reader can experience it on so many levels. Her books speak to the close relationships between friends, and the difficulties that can shape a friendship, and make it stronger. While women all over can relate to the friendships and situations she describes, there is also that extra element of a new historical world and culture to be explored.
With Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,I cringed at the foot binding and tried to understand its importance in Chinese culture, marveled at nüshu, the secret women’s writing that could contain the letters of an entire relationship within a single fan, and the similarity in the choices and sacrifices that women make for their families. Many of their dilemmas are ones that women face here and now. It’s always a thrill to see these things brought to life in such a visual way.
Has anyone seen Snowflower and the Secret Fan? Have plans to?