The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan (Author)
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Description"Brilliant....Each story is a fascinating vignette, and together they they weave the reader through a world where the Moon Lady can grant any wish, where a child, promised in marriage at two and delivered at 12, can, with cunning, free herself; where a rich man's concubine secures her daughter's future by killing herself, and where a woman can live on, knowing she has lost her entire life."
WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
A stunning literary achievement, THE JOY LUCK CLUB explores the tender and tenacious bond between four daughters and their mothers. The daughters know one side of their mothers, but they don't know about their earlier never-spoken of lives in China. The mothers want love and obedience from their daughters, but they don't know the gifts that the daughters keep to themselves. Heartwarming and bittersweet, this is a novel for mother, daughters, and those that love them.
G.P. Putnam's Sons
March 22, 1989
6.27 X 9.32 X 1.09 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author
Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, which has been adapted as Sagwa, a PBS series for children. Tan was also the coproducer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into more than 25 languages. Tan, who has a master's degree in linguistics from San Jose University, has worked as a language specialist to programs serving children with developmental disabilities. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.
Praise for The Joy Luck Club "Powerful as myth."--The Washington Post Book World
"Beautifully written...a jewel of a book."--The New York Times Book Review
"Powerful...full of magic...you won't be doing anything of importance until you have finished this book."--Los Angeles Times
"Wonderful...a significant lesson in what storytelling has to do with memory and inheritance."--San Francisco Chronicle"Reading it really changed the way I thought about Asian-American history. Our heritage has a lot of difficult stuff in it--a lot of misogyny, a lot of fear and rage and death. It showed me a past that reached beyond borders and languages and cultures to bring together these disparate elements of who we are. I hadn't seen our history like that before. At that time, we hadn't seen a lot of Asian-American representations anywhere, so it was a big deal that it even existed. It made me feel validated and seen. That's what's so important about books like that. You feel like, Oh my god, I exist here. I exist in this landscape of literature and memoir. I'm here, and I have a story to tell, and it's among the canon of Asian-American stories that are feminist and that are true to our being. It's a book that has stayed with me and lived in me."--Margaret Cho