Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, which has been a popular book lately here at the library and was read by our library book club, has been made into a movie. The film wasn’t released nationwide, but I would expect it to be available on DVD soon.
Lily is haunted by memories–of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness.
In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu (“women’s writing”). Some girls were paired with laotongs, “old sames,” in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments.
With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become “old sames” at the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.
This Autumn, the Alliance Public Library Community Book Club will be revisiting class literature. The book schedule and meeting times are as follows:
The September book is Jane Erye by Charlotte Bronte. The book will be discussed Tuesday, September 27th at 1:00pm and Thursday, September 29th at 4:00pm. For those of you with e-readers, a free version of the book can be downloaded by clicking here.
The October book is Treasure Island by Robert Louise Stephenson with discussion taking place on Tuesday, October 25th at 1:00pm and Thursday, October 27th at 4:00pm. The book can be dowloaded free by clicking here.
The November/December book is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and, due to the holidays, will be discussed on Tuesday, December 6th at 1:00pm and Thursday, December 8th at 4:00pm. The book is available as a free download by clicking here.
All are welcome to attend the book discussions. We have a great group of patrons who would be thrilled to have new members. Copies of the books will be available at circulation. There is a $3 postage fee for all inter library loan books. This helps us cover shipping and refreshment costs.
If you have any questions concerning the book club, please feel free to contact us with the Contact form on this site or directly at the library during regular business hours.
Please help support the Friends of the Library by attending their semi-annual booksale. Funds raised are used for programming (Summer Reading wouldn’ t be what it is without the Friends) and for special purchases such as the new Christmas Tree, wing back chairs and love seat. Book sale times are as follows:
- Tuesday: 12-4pm members only, 4-6pm public
- Wednsday: 10am-7pm public
- Thursday: 12-5pm public.
Monetary donations are welcome and encouraged!