Book Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

One of my patrons told me this summer that this was one of the best books she's ever read, so it's been sitting on my TBR list for a while.

Taking place in 1860s China, this novel details the lives of two "old sames", Lily and Snow Flower who are matched up as children to be lifelong friends. The story follows their footbinding agonies, their matchmaking and marriages, their survival, and how their friendship endures through all they encounter.

This is a lovely character novel, and I was completely swept away by the cultural and historical setting - as a fan of Amy Tan and Arthur Golden, this is along the similar vein so I really loved it.

A great novel!

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