Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a 2005 novel by Lisa See set in nineteenth century China. In her introduction to the novel, See writes that Lily, the narrator, was born in 1823 — "the third year of Emperor Daoguang's reign". The novel begins in 1903, when Lily is 80 years old. During her lifetime, Lily lives through the reigns of four emperors: Emperor Daoguang ; Emperor Xianfeng ; Emperor Tongzhi ; and Emperor Guangxu . The novel received an honorable mention from the Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature. In rural Hunan province, Lily and her friend Snow Flower are a laotong pair...
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