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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.
About the Author
With her best-known novel, The Joy Luck Club, published in 1989 and widely translated, the Chinese-American author Amy Tan defined the genre of immigrant fiction, perfectly capturing the struggle between the first and second generations as they adapt to a new culture. Other bestselling novels include The Kitchen God's Wife and The Valley of Amazement and the children's book Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat, which was turned into an animated series which aired on PBS.
Hometown:San Francisco, California and New York, New York
Date of Birth:February 19, 1952
Place of Birth:Oakland, California
Education:B.A., San Jose State University, 1973; M.A., 1974
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
People don't seem to realize that this is not the actual novel! "Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations Series) Is a book of literary analysis of the novel by other authors and literary critics. I'm writing a research paper that will focus on "A Pair of Tickets", the final chapter of the novel and picked up a copy of this book from my local library. The contributors give some extremely detailed opinions on various aspects of the book,such as the theme, characterization, etc. which is much more than my usual types of college reading. Still, It has some interesting perspectives on the novel and I will be using this book as one of my sources.