Saturday, May 29, 2010

On My Wishlist

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here.

This is a perfect meme for me. I've always got books I'm drooling over, but can't really afford to buy right now. No sooner do I get one than something else comes up to replace it.

Anyway tops on my current wishlist is:

Snow Flower And The Secret Fan
Lisa See
Random House Publishing

The product description:
In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, an “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 written 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 the fan and compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together they endure the agony of footbinding and reflect upon their arranged marriages, their loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace in their friendship, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their relationship suddenly threatens to tear apart.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a captivating journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. Now in a deluxe paperback edition complete with an expanded Random House Reader’s Circle guide and an exclusive conversation between Lisa See and her mother, fellow writer Carolyn See, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel is, as the Seattle Times says, “a beautifully drawn portrait of female friendship and power.”


Marg said...

I really enjoy Lisa See's historical novels!

Elena said...

So a lot of people have said. That's why I want to give it a try.

Unknown said...

I don't often read books set in foreign countries (other than the US - I'm from UK) but this sounds like a good book. Maybe I will give it a go too! :)

Elena said...

I've read a few books set in China and Japan and quite liked them before. Thanks for stopping in Book Chick.

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