Published by Random House on February 21st 2006
Genres: Historical, Women's Fiction
Source: Purchased Amazon
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.
In an Oyster Shell – A poignant read that will stay with you long after you have finished it.
The Pearls – I could go on and on about this book, but I will try and keep it brief. First point of notability is that I hardly ever re-read books. I am a one and done kinda girl, but this book was so good I’ve read it twice.
What drew me to this book first off was the cover it was simple and stunning. Then the title was so exotic I just had to read it!
The setting and the descriptive writing See uses will haunt you for the rest of your life. I’ve read hundreds of books since this one and I still remember the vivid pictures she painted.
I liked that you learn about ancient Chinese culture and traditions. It was a way of life for these people and the author puts you right in the middle of it all. The part that was most vivid to me was the foot-binding, I heard it has been done, but this book makes that rumor into a stark reality.
The Sand – There is hardly a book that will make me come back again.