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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Friends and fans

A language of their own


WOODBRIDGE - A daytime Book Discussion on "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" will be held at noon Oct. 7 at the Woodbridge Town Library. Reference Librarian Fran Sauer will lead the discussion on the book by Lisa See.

The absorbing novel takes place in 19th century China when girls had their feet bound, then spent the rest of their lives in seclusion with only a single window from which to see, organizers said. Illiterate and isolated, they were not expected to think, be creative, or have emotions. But in one remote county, women developed their own secret code, nu shu - "women's writing" - the only gender-based written language to have been found in the world, organizers said. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their windows to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments.
With detail and emotional resonance, the novel delves into one of the most mysterious and treasured relationships of all time: female friendship, organizers said.
The program is free, and all are welcome to join. Bring lunch and the library will provide drinks and dessert. Registration is requested. Copies of the book will be provided to registered participants. To register, or for more information, visit the Circulation Desk, call 389-3466, or email pvalsecchi@ci.woodbridge.ct.us.

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