The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line (or two)! Just be sure to not spoil the book. This week’s book is Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.
As women, we are told never to discuss our bound feet, that it is improper and unladylike, and that such conversation only inflames the passions of men.
This was a bit of an impulse buy for me. By that I mean that it was .55 cents at the library and I love historical fiction, so I had to get it. Although I haven’t read much of it yet, it’s a fascinating book. It’s about a girl named Lily in nineteenth-century China who is paired with another girl who is her laotong. They’re meant to be friends for their entire lives, and I love that idea. Foot binding and nu shu, a secret language created by and for women, are also important parts of the book. I’m hoping there is a lot about nu shu in the book because, for me, that’s the most interesting part.