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New Meetup: December Book Discussion: Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Annie
mom2jnl
Group Organizer
Leeds, MA
Announcing a new Meetup for new book group in western mass!

What: December Book Discussion: Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

When: December 7, 2009 7:00 PM

Where:
NORTHAMPTON MA_ FORBES LIBRARY
20 West St.
Northampton , MA 01060
(413) 587-1011

A language kept a secret for a thousand years forms the backdrop for an unforgettable novel of two Chinese women whose friendship and love sustains them through their lives.

This absorbing novel – with a storyline unlike anything Lisa See has written before – takes place in 19th century China when girls had their feet bound, then spent the rest of their lives in seclusion with only a single window from which to see. Illiterate and isolated, they were not expected to think, be creative, or have emotions. But in one remote county, women developed their own secret code, nu shu – "women's writing" – the only gender-based written language to have been found in the world. Some girls were paired as "old-sames" in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their windows to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments.

An old woman tells of her relationship with her "old-same," their arranged marriages, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood—until a terrible misunderstanding written on their secret fan threatens to tear them apart. With the detail and emotional resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha , Snow Flower and the Secret Fan delves into one of the most mysterious and treasured relationships of all time—female friendship.

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Annie
mom2jnl
Group Organizer
Leeds, MA
Post #: 2
Forgot to mention that Forbes has copies of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan for us. Just ask at the circulation desk.
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