#100DaysOfGreatBooks – The Joy Luck Club


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Day 42 – The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Have you read Amy Tan? There’s a mystical, magical quality to her writing and her storytelling. Steeped in Chinese culture, but also examining the tension that exists for Chinese American women, Tan’s books are brilliant additions to the American literary canon and fascinating, beautiful reads.

The Joy Luck Club is Tan’s first novel, and it sometimes feels a little disjointed, since the different segments were originally written separately, then stitched together into a novel.

Even so, it’s an amazing read, as are all of her books.

The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan’s beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters

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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