The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

Book - 1989
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Master storyteller Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters in this New York Times bestseller.

" 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 Asians

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...
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Putnam's, [1989]
Copyright Date: ©1989
ISBN: 9780399134203
Branch Call Number: F TAN
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 24 cm


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After being drawn together by the shadows of their past, four women start meeting every week in San Francisco to engage in hobbies they all enjoy. After one of the four members dies, her daughter takes her place to fulfill her mother's dying wish. After the revelation of a secret, the women are f... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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Aug 21, 2019

Well I read this book almost two decades ago when I was still in Southeast Asia- and the plot, the characters, the conflict, the feelings, the bright colours of the story- they are still vivid in my memory! What a beautiful and honest and realistic novel! This is my most favourite book of Amy Tan!

Groszerita May 16, 2019

Reread this book recently and loved it all over again. Mother daughter relationships, generational relationships, cultural differences.

May 08, 2019

Tried to put Joy Luck Club on Hold at Cody Now I don't see how to confirm.
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Kristen MERKE
Mar 05, 2019

Nothing like I expected, but enjoyable and powerful. Stories about love, family, history and the values of Chinese/American societies. Each character so unique and different, yet their similarities are what join them together to ultimately tell a story about loss.

Feb 04, 2019

Very interesting how all the stories weave together and the lessons they share.

Jan 30, 2019

Some of the stories were boring. One of the girls hated her mother. the others tried.

Nov 03, 2018

Did not care for this book-only read 20%

Nov 16, 2017

This is a great book for helping Westerners understand and appreciate Chinese culture. I learned a lot about the Japanese occupation of China I did not know and gained some understanding of what refugees go threw and the incredibly hard choices they often have to make to survive.
There is a lot of hilarious humor in this book; but it does nothing to diminish the terrible heartrending tragedy you will read in it.
In fact the reason I have not read any other Amy Tan books is because I found some of the stories in this one so painful to read.

Nov 14, 2017

This made me realize that our mothers go to great lengths to give us the lives that they hoped to live.

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Oct 24, 2017

I feel that if you don't like this book then you will absolutely hate it. I could be wrong, but if you do not like it in the beginning i recommend you read a couple more chapters and if you still don't like it you probably wont like the rest. I personally liked this book. I enjoyed all the different stories and liked how they connected and show you why one character made a past decision that you didn't understand before, but now realize it is because of this. A little drawn out, like most books, but still good.

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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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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?"


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Kristen MERKE
Mar 05, 2019

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