When we met in October, we discussed Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. While this book didn't appear to generate the same level of discussion as its predecessor—The Friday Night Knitting Club—I think most of us enjoyed it. I know that most of us agreed that one of the best things about this book was that it allowed us to learn something. Not many of us knew what life was like for women in China in the past. I was grateful that Lisa See allowed us to glimpse into the heartaches and happiness of women from different walks of life. Some of us were quick to say that we'd never be able to endure the life that Lily had—being confined to the women's rooms with our feet bound. However, it is easy for us to say such things; not one of us has walked a mile in a seven-inch silk slipper.
As I mentioned previously, this novel's major strength was its ability to weave the tale of Lily's life in its entirety, while opening the reader's eyes to the way of life in China during Lily's lifetime. Lisa See writes a beautiful story that has all of the elements: friendship, love, pain, death, betrayal, redemption, and finality. I think that the book was received generally well overall. Page-turner this book is not, however, I think the general consensus was a positive one.
Since the winter season is fast approaching, we discussed a few other items. We each should think of a place that we might like to o for dinner in December. We will need to pick a place during our November meeting. As well, we should be deciding on a book for January. Stephanie Meyer's Twilight was brought to the table again. I have read the entire saga now—while it is HIGHLY addictive, and quite delicious (sorry Sue)—I don't know if it's book club discussion material. Darlene suggested William P. Young's The Shack. I think it would certainly generate a strong discussion. Let's all bring our final suggestions and be ready to choose in November.
Sorry once again that this post is so late. And please, whether you are a member, or just someone who lurked upon this blog, leave us a comment if you agree, disagree, or would like to recommend a good book.
Can't wait to see you in November when we discuss Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale.