Reading guide for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

A Novel

by Lisa See

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See X
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
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  • First Published:
    Jun 2005, 272 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2006, 288 pages

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  1. Lily endures excruciating pain in order to have her feet bound. What reasons are given for this dangerous practice?

  2. Did See's descriptions of footbinding remind you of any Western traditions?

  3. If some men in 19th-century China knew about nu shu and "old same" friendships, why do you think they allowed these traditions to persist?

  4. Reflecting on her first few decades, Lily seems to think her friendship with Snow Flower brought her more good than harm. Do you agree?

  5. Lily's adherence to social customs can seem controversial to us today. Pick a scene where you would have acted differently. Why?

  6. Lily defies the wishes of her son in order to pair her grandson with Peony. Does she fully justify her behavior?

  7. Lily sometimes pulls us out of the present moment to reflect--as an old woman--on her youthful decisions. What does this device add to the story?

  8. How would you film these moments of reflection?

  9. If Lily is writing her story to Snow Flower in the afterworld, what do you think Snow Flower's response would or should be?

  10. Did you recognize any aspects of your own friendships in the bond between Lily and Snow Flower?


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