The Joy Luck Club
Books | Fiction / Asian American
“The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich AsiansAmy Tan’s beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters, now the focus of a new documentary Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir on Netflix Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue.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.
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"A beautiful example of passing on history and culture through storytelling. Four women, Chinese immigrants to San Francisco, meet and decide to form the Joy Luck Club, a place where they can eat, laugh, and talk with someone that understands. This is their stories and the stories of their American born daughters. Some tales are heartbreaking, some harrowing, all told from the heart. I think this book does an amazing job highlighting not only the mother/daughter relationship but also the difficulty of being the first generation child of an immigrant; someone caught between two cultures and trying desperately to be loyal to family while fitting in with those around them. "
"I completely agree a true classic especially focused on mother-daughter relationship. "
"This book was written in a magical way. You read the experiences and stories of different characters from different times, intertwining with each other as the book goes on, revealing new layers and relationships and perspectives between mothers and daughters. It was an amazing read, often sad and frustrating in the way we can’t always say what we mean to the people we love and who love us most. This is a classic for a reason. If you see this review, read this beautiful story! "
"Amy Tan’s best work!!!!"