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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel

By Rebecca Richardson,2014-11-04 21:17
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From Publishers WeeklyStarred Review. See's engrossing novel set in remote 19th-century China details the deeply affecting story of lifelong, intimate friends (_laotong_, or "old sames") Lily and Snow Flower, their imprisonment by rigid codes of conduct for women and their betrayal by pride and love. While granting immediacy to Lily's voice, See (_Flower Net_) adroitly transmits historical background in graceful prose. Her in-depth research into women's ceremonies and duties in China's rural interior brings fascinating revelations about arranged marriages, women's inferior status in both their natal and married homes, and the Confucian proverbs and myriad superstitions that informed daily life. Beginning with a detailed and heartbreaking `desc`ription of Lily and her sisters' foo Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks on 2011/05/31
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