Book for Fayette discussion group chosen 11.05.08

Written by David Green.

The Thursdays @ 7 Book Discussion Group at Normal Memorial Library in Fayette will meet Nov. 20 to discuss “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See.

In nineteenth century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication known as nu shu. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs and composed stories, reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes and dreams.

With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed a poem for Lily, their friendship is sealed. As years pass they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood, and they develop a bond that keeps their spirits alive.

However, when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship is suddenly threatened.

Anyone interested in joining the discussion group can stop by the circulation desk for more information. Extra copies of the book are available to check out.

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