The Joy Luck Club

by Tan, Amy,

Format: Print Book [1989]
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Summary
In 1949 four Chinese women-drawn together by the shadow of their past-begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club.

Nearly forty years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to take her place, only to learn of her mother's lifelong wish-and the tragic way in which it has come true.

The revelation of this secret unleashes an urgent need among the women to reach back and remember...

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In quietly elegant prose, Tan weaves the memories of four Chinese women who fled their homeland and came to San Francisco into a moving narrative that becomes a revelation for the women's Chinese American daughters."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Intensely poetic, startlingly imaginative and moving, this remarkable book will speak to many women, mothers and grown daughters, about the persistent tensions and powerful bonds between generations and cultures. The narrative voice moves among seven characters. Jing-mei ``June'' Woo recounts her first session in a San Francisco mah-jong club founded by her recently dead, spiritually vital, mother. The three remaining club members and their daughters alternate with stories of their lives, tales that are stunning, funny and heartbreaking. The mothers, all born in China, tell about grueling hardship and misery, the tyranny of family pride and the fear of losing face. The daughters try to reconcile their personalities, shaped by American standards, with seemingly irrational maternal expectations. ``My mother and I never understood each other; we translated each other's meanings. I talked to her in English, she answered back in Chinese,'' says one character. A crippling generation gap is the result: the mothers, superstitious, full of dread, always fearing bad luck, raise their daughters with hope that their lives will be better, but they also mourn the loss of a heritage their daughters cannot comprehend. Deceptively simple, yet inherently dramatic, each chapter can stand alone; yet personalities unfold and details build to deepen the impact and meaning of the whole. Thus, when infants abandoned in China in the first chapter turn up as adults in the last, their reunion with the one remaining family member is a poignant reminder of what is possible and what is not. On the order of Maxine Hong Kingston's work, but more accessible, its Oriental orientation an irresistible magnet, Tan's first novel is a major achievement. First serial to Atlantic, Ladies' Home Journal and San Francisco Focus; BOMC and QPBC featured alternates. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women -- Societies and clubs -- Fiction.
Reminiscing in old age -- Fiction.
Chinese American women -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Loss (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Female friendship -- Fiction.
Mothers -- Death -- Fiction.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :Putnam's,[1989]
Language English
Description 288 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0399134204
9780399134203
0804106304
9780804106306
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