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The Joy Luck Club | [Amy Tan]

The Joy Luck Club

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Publisher's Summary

Four Chinese women, drawn together by the shadow of their past, meet in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and to "say" stories to each other. Nearly 40 years later, one of the women has died, and her daughter arrives to take her place. However, the daughter never expected to learn of her mother's secret lifelong wish - and the tragic way in which it has come true. The revelation creates among the women an urgent need to remember the past. What is lost between generations and among friends - and what is salvaged - resonates throughout this novel of friendship among women and the relations between mothers and daughters.

Jacket Illustration ©1989 Gretchen Shields; Copyright ©1989

What the Critics Say

"Amy Tan effortlessly mixes tenderness and bitter irony, sorrow and slicing wit. The Joy Luck Club is a fabulous concoction." (Louise Erdrich)

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    "Joy Luck - abridged"

    This is a fabulous story - extremely well written but should not be abridged. I would have given it five stars had I listened to the entire book. It needed the extra flesh.

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    Kashari Seattle WA 09-21-10
    Kashari Seattle WA 09-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "GREAT BOOK"

    I could listen to this book over and over again. Its one of the best mother and daughter books. Amy Tran is a great writer and its great that she reads it too.

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    Michelle Bloomfield, NJ, United States 07-07-12
    Michelle Bloomfield, NJ, United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2011

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    "It was hard not to think about the movie."

    It was nice to have a set of faces to go with the characters since I had already see the movie countless time. The book wasn't a disappointment by far. In fact I quite enjoyed it except for some dragged out moments the were the stories could have become confusing. The narrator was truly wonderful. Gwendoline Yeo made a sad tale into a bit more up beat I will certainly be look for more of Ms.Yeo's narrations in the near future.

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