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Title:Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Format Type:Ebook
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Publisher:Random House
ISBN:0812968069
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Number of Pages:269
Category:Historical fiction, Fiction, China, Historical, Asia

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Snow Flower and the Secret Fan In nineteenth century China in a remote Hunan county a girl named Lily at the tender age of seven is paired with a laotong old same in an emotional match that will last a lifetime The laotong Snow Flower introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she s painted a poem in nu shu a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret away from the influence of men .

As the years pass Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans compose stories on handkerchiefs reaching out of isolation to share their hopes dreams and accomplishments Together they endure the agony of foot binding and reflect upon their arranged marriages shared 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 deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart

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On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family, China Dolls, The Interior (Red Princess, #2), Dreams of Joy (Shanghai Girls #2), The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1), Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Dragon Bones (Red Princess, #3), Flower Net (Red Princess, #1)
Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles s Chinatown and years of research See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese American family a work that takes in stories of racism and romance entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache secret marriages and sibling rivalries in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world photos, Li yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea There is ritual and routine and it has been ever thus for generations Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate the first automobile any of them have seen and a stranger arrives br br In this remote Yunnan village the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people In her biggest seller i Snow Flower and the Secret Fan i See introduced the Yao people to her readers Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority the Akha whose world will soon change Li yan one of the few educated girls on her mountain translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence When she has a baby outside of wedlock rather than stand by tradition she wraps her daughter in a blanket with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling and abandons her in the nearest city br br After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways Li yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well loved California girl Despite Haley s happy home life she wonders about her origins and Li yan longs for her lost daughter They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family s destiny for generations, No description available, In a magnificent land where myth mixes treacherously with truth one woman is in charge of telling them apart Liu Hulan is the Inspector in China s Ministry of Public Security whose tough style rousts wrongdoers and rubs her superiors the wrong way Now her latest case finds her trapped between her country s distant past and her own recent history br br The case starts at a rally for a controversial cult that ends suddenly in bloodshed and leads to the apparent murder of an American archaeologist which officials want to keep quiet And haunting Hulan s investigation is the possible theft of ancient dragon bones that might alter the history of civilization itself br br Getting to the bottom of ever spiraling events Hulan unearths more scandals confronts more murderers and revives tragic memories that shake her tormented marriage to its core In the end she solves a mystery as big unruly and complex as China itself