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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

by Lisa See
£7.99   paperback  Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (2007)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See Lily is the daughter of a humble farmer, and to her family she is just another expensive mouth to feed. Then the local matchmaker delivers startling news: if Lily's feet are to be bound properly, they will be flawless. In nineteenth-century China, where a woman's eligibility is judged by the shape and size of her feet, this is extraordinary good luck.
 
Lily now has the power to make a good marriage and change the fortunes of her family. To prepare for her new life, she must undergo the agonies of footbinding, learn nu shu, the famed secret woman's writing, and make a very special friend, Snow Flower.
 
But a bitter reversal of fortune is about to change everything.

"Startlingly vivid... Punishing customs, such as footbinding, and unbreakable female bonds are brought to life in enchanting detail. So gorgeous it hurts."
(Cosmopolitan)
"A passionate and involving story of love... a beautifully written novel, as informative as it is moving."
(Daily Express)

ISBN 13: 9780747583004 | ISBN 10: 0747583005