By Jennifer Reese
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:48 AM EDT

Snow Flower and The Secret Fan

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According to a provincial Chinese custom, at age 7 Lily and Snow Flower are effectively married as heterosexual girlfriends, beginning a formal contractual relationship intended to last until their deaths. You can relish See’s extraordinary fourth novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, as a meticulously researched account of women’s lives in 19th- century China, where it is ”better to have a dog than a daughter.” (And where the girls’ feet are bound in a stomach-turning ritual that Lisa See describes with admirable precision and coolness.) But you can also savor See’s marvelous narrative as a timeless portrait of a contentious, full-blooded female friendship, one that includes, over several decades, envy, betrayal, erotic love, and deep-seated loyalty.

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Snow Flower and The Secret Fan

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  • Movie
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  • PG-13
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  • 100 minutes
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