Swagbucks Book Club Discussion: It’s a Man’s World

Welcome to the first meeting of the Swagbucks Book Club. Please get comfortable and make yourself at home.  Snacks are in the kitchen, please help yourself.  Today we are discussing the novel Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

This book was suggested and voted on by the Swag Nation and I’m so glad they did; this is not a book I would normally pick up and what a loss that would be.  Publisher’s Weekly describes Snow Flower and the Secret Fan:

See’s engrossing novel set in remote 19th-century China details the deeply affecting story of lifelong, intimate friends (laotong, or “old sames”) Lily and Snow Flower, their imprisonment by rigid codes of conduct for women and their betrayal by pride and love. While granting immediacy to Lily’s voice, See (Flower Net) adroitly transmits historical background in graceful prose. Her in-depth research into women’s ceremonies and duties in China’s rural interior brings fascinating revelations about arranged marriages, women’s inferior status in both their natal and married homes, and the Confucian proverbs and myriad superstitions that informed daily life. Beginning with a detailed and heartbreaking description of Lily and her sisters’ foot binding (“Only through pain will you have beauty. Only through suffering will you have peace”), the story widens to a vivid portrait of family and village life. Most impressive is See’s incorporation of nu shu, a secret written phonetic code among women—here between Lily and Snow Flower—that dates back 1,000 years in the southwestern Hunan province (“My writing is soaked with the tears of my heart,/ An invisible rebellion that no man can see”). As both a suspenseful and poignant story and an absorbing historical chronicle, this novel has bestseller potential and should become a reading group favorite as well. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

We will touch on some of these topics in today’s discussion.  I really want to hear what my fellow Swaggernauts have to say and am armed with nearly 3,000 Swag Bucks to distribute for insightful comments so don’t be shy.

Just a couple orders of business before we begin.

  • I will post a topic as a comment and ask that all related remarks be posted as replies to that thread.  This should help others to see what has been said and to respond.  But feel free to post your own comments/topics as well.
  • Our June book is Such a Pretty Face by Cathy Lamb and the July book is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  All three Book Club selections are available through the History Book Club under the TrialPay tab on the Special Offers page (or go to the swagbucks.com home page and click on the image of the book) and offer you the chance to earn 975 Swag Bucks.  These books are also available for the Kindle in the Swag Store under Books & Magazines.