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New York : Random House, 2006*** Book Discussion books check out for 6 weeks with no renewals ***
Random House Trade pbk. edDescription:
269 p. : port. ; 21 cm ISBN/ISSN:
0812968069 (pbk.), 9780812968064 (pbk.), Language:
Includes Reader's guide (p. 261-269)
In nineteenth century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, or "old same," in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The two women exchange messages written on silk fans and handkerchieves using nu shu, a unique language that women created in order to communicate in secret, sharing their experiences, but when a misunderstanding arises, their friendship threatens to tear apart
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