The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

Book - 1989
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"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.
Publisher: New York : Putnam, c1989
ISBN: 9780804106306
Branch Call Number: TAN
Characteristics: 329 pages


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May 09, 2017

Important when it came out in 1989; less so, now. Parts of this second-generation Chinese mother-daughter tale are poignant. The myths and stories from the Chinese who fled to San Francisco, and their "American" daughters, are resonant. Front and center is the relationship between June and her mom... the other three families sort of fall by the wayside, making this text less coherent than it could have been.

Still, immigrant experiences-- what they leave behind, what they bring to the new country, what get passed on to daughters-- will always be worth reading about.

Mar 14, 2017

Mothers and daughters.
Joy and sorrow.
East meets West.
Old and New.
Tan is a master storyteller!

Jul 30, 2016

Love it! Charming flavor of old and modern. Parents and kids never the same point of view... applied to every culture

CRRL_VirginiaJohnson Jul 21, 2015

A lovely, lyrical book that interweaves stories from immigrant Chinese mothers and their sometimes rebellious daughters. Though in the same household, mothers and daughters live in different worlds and sometimes love shows itself as anger and sadness with such distances between them.

Jul 08, 2015

A raw and precise interpretation of cultural differences and relationships between mother and daughter. The author told beautiful stories about the Eastern culture with a hint of Western charm.

Jan 09, 2015

This is a really great book about mothers and daughters, different cultures, and family in general. I was intrigued the entire time. The timing is not chronological but it is written very well and is not too hard to follow. I loved being able to read from the perspective of all the characters. Some of it made me tear up and some parts made me laugh. I recommend this book for older teens and adults.

Jun 12, 2014

I loved this book. Amy Tan managed to immerse me in both the modern story and the back stories. The family dynamics were wonderfully portrayed and the characters were fantastic.

Feb 20, 2013

I've been meaning to read this book since it came out, and just never got around to it. Now I can't believe that I waited this long, it's one of those books that survives its hype. Terrific storytelling.

Sep 15, 2012

Very enjoyable read. Through fictional reading I learned so much about the Chinese culture without really meaning to. Great words of wisdom in this book that I wish I could remember them all to use with my children. I would reccomend reading this book. Very easy read

Jul 31, 2012

This book is confusing at first. However, once you understand the format, this heart warming story solves itself.

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Aug 31, 2015

"I seemed to hear less than what was said, while my mother heard more. "

Feb 08, 2015

"What was worse, we asked among ourselves, to sit and wait for our own deaths with proper somber faces? Or to choose our own happiness?"

Jun 22, 2012

"This feather may look worthless, but it comes from afar and carries with it all my good intentions."


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Mar 18, 2017

This is the story of four Chinese women and their daughters. The mothers suffered great losses in the war, both financial and personal. To bolster themselves and each other, they formed the "Joy Luck" club, in which they shared friendship and happiness that was theirs for at least just that moment. Eventually, they emigrated to San Francisco. Their daughters grew up as Americans, but their Chinese nature was permanently and inescapably in their blood and bones and souls. I very much enjoyed the way the Chinese viewpoint inserted itself into the most mundane situations, especially as the mothers tried to teach their daughters the difficult lessons of life.

EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

Encompassing two generations and a rich blend of Chinese and American history, the story of four struggling, strong women also reveals their daughters' memories and feelings.

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