The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

Four mothers, four daughters, four families, whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's telling the stories. In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet weekly to play mahjong and tell stories of what they left behind in China. United in loss and new hope for their daughters' futures, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Their daughters, who have never heard these stories, think their mothers' advice is irrelevant to their modern American lives – until their own inner crises reveal how much they've unknowingly inherited of their mothers' pasts.

With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

Title:The Joy Luck Club
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780143038092
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    The Joy Luck Club Reviews

  • Brina

    During high school, when I did not have the life experience to fully appreciate her work, I read each of Amy Tan's books as they came out. Now, years later, with many other books and various experienc...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Joy Luck Club, Amy TanThe Joy Luck Club is a 1989 novel written by Amy Tan. It focuses on four Chinese American immigrant families in San Francisco who start a club known as The Joy Luck Club, pla...

  • Rebecca

    After I read The Joy Luck Club (summer required reading before sophomore English in high school), I started pestering my mom about her abandoned children in mainland China. I also declared that I woul...

  • Jason Koivu

    Why read The Joy Luck Club? Because sometimes one needs to get in touch with his inner Chinese feminine side. Amy Tan's most famous book offered ample opportunity in that regard. The JLC is all about ...

  • Matthew

    I really wish I like this one more than I did. I have heard about it for years and have seen it on many must read lists. I kept waiting for it to click with me, but it never did.It is not a bad book a...

  • Jenna

    It's not fashionable to profess a liking for The Joy Luck Club. In both academic and literary circles, Tan has been maligned for her seeming misandry and racial self-loathing, raked across the coals f...

  • Thomas

    Those of you who read my blog are most likely aware that my relationship with my mother is not all bouncing bunnies and beautiful butterflies. As an American-born son raised with traditionally Asian s...

  • Michael

    A collection of linked short stories sketching the complexities of mother-daughter bonds between Chinese-American women. Alternating between tales set in China and the United States, the work sensitiv...

  • Dem

    I feel kind of cheated out what could have been a great story by a truly dreadful narration on audible. Some of the voices were totally over the top and sounded cartoonish and listening to this one be...

  • Kerri

    Oh wow, I've been thinking about this review for a while now and it's gotten to the point where I just have to write something, anything!I really loved this book. It was a buddy read with my friend Ca...