Monday, June 9, 2008

Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

BOOK: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
GENRE: Literary Fiction

After hearing about this book for so long, I've finally read it! And did I think it lived up to all the rave reviews people gave it? Yes! It was wonderful. Sad in parts, quite gut-wrenching actually, in parts, but at the same time so engrossing and detailed and intense.

This is the story of Lily, living in China in the 19th century. We learn in detail, about all the customs and rituals of this culture. We try to understand foot-binding, we try to understand the worth of the women. Lots of it is hard to understand. But one thing is certain, and that's the bond that Lily and her friend Snow Flower have and how they help each other through so many unbelievable things.

This was one of those books where I thought about the characters way into the night. I woke up thinking about them. I'm still thinking about them even though I finished the book days and days ago. I have a feeling it will be awhile before they're forgotten.


  1. I LOVED this book too! (Though, the descriptions of the foot binding almost made me physically sick. Uck.) My book club read this last year, and it was a universal hit. Have you read her new book?

  2. If you're talking about Peony In Love, I have it, but haven't read it yet. It's waiting its turn!

  3. This looks great! Definitely on my "to-read" list.

  4. I really enjoyed this book as well! I liked Peony in Love even better!

  5. Lisa See books are not available in India easily. Not in any major shops. In the pavement, maybe.

    I truly wish to read her.



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