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The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

Tan, Amy

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. The international bestseller

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Vintage, 1998
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Statement of responsibility: Amy Tan
ISBN: 0749399570, 9780749399573
Note: Originally published: New York: Putnam's; London: Heinemann, 1989.
Physical Description: 287 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Mothers and daughters Fiction.; Chinese American women Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 5.7
Interest Level: UY
Points: 14
Quiz Number: 202463

Author note

Amy Tan was born in the US to immigrant parents from China. Her novels includeThe Joy Luck Club,The Kitchen God's Wife,The Hundred Secret Senses,The Bonesetter's DaughterandSaving Fish from Drowning, allNew York Timesbestsellers and the recipient of various awards. She is also the author of a memoir,The Opposite of Fate, two children's books,The Moon LadyandSagwa, and numberous articles for magazines. Her work has been translated into 35 languages and has been adapted for film, television and opera. Amy Tan also serves as the Literary Editor for theLos Angeles Timesmagazine.


"The Joy Luck Club is an ambitious saga that's impossible to read without wanting to call your mum"
Stylist||"Pure enchantment"
Mail on Sunday||"Honest, moving and beautifully courageous"||"In this deft and original debut, Amy Tan shows that she is both a consummate storyteller and writer whose prose manages to be emotionally charged without a trace of sentimentality"
Sunday Times||"A brilliant first novel... Tan writes from the heart, cutting sharp edges with wit, wisdom and a gentle and delicate precision... The novel covers a remarkable spectrum and reveals the private secrets and ghosts that haunt, torment - and comfort. Completely compelling"
Time Out