Swagbucks Books May Selection

It was close, but in the end the winner of yesterday’s poll was Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.  Join me as we dive into this engrossing novel USA Today calls, ” a fascinating portrait of a time and place alive with beauty and brutality.”  The eBook is on sale now until April 15th for just 1,099 Swag Bucks in the Swag Store.  Tell your friends and we will meet here May 26, 2011 to discuss Snow Flower and the Secret Fan as well as take suggestions for the next selection.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Here is a synopsis of the book from the author’s website:

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.

Happy reading!