Lisa See’s book, Snowflower and the Secret Fan, is beatifully written, poetic, and dramatic. I read this in August and could not put it down for 2 days. The drama of a friendship bound by tradition, depicted from the very young lives of Snow Flower and Lily through the end of their lives, while set in 19th Century China, delivered a powerful message for today’s life. Love, something we all need and want, is central to this book. Desires, longing, honesty, mistakes, and forgiveness are themes across this story of “old sames.” I’m a new fan of author Lisa See! Visit the author’s website at