The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club is a fictional novel written by American author Amy Tan and published in 1989 by G.P. Putnma's Sons. It is approximately 288 pages in length.
Dewey Decimal: 813/.54 19
About the Author:
"Amy Tan was born in Oakland, California, in 1952, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay
area. She graduated from high school in Montreux, Switzerland, and received her master's degree in linguistics from San Jose State University. Tan is the author of the Joy Luck Club, the Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and two books for children, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat. Her work has been translated into twenty languages. She has been married for the past twenty-two years to Lou DeMattei. They live in San Francisco and New York with their cat, Sagwa, and their dog, Mr. Zo."
The Joy Luck Club was written in English and set in San Francisco in 1949. The back cover synopsis of the novel reads as follows:
" 'In The Joy Luck Club, vignettes alternate back and forth between the lives of four Chinese women in pre-1949 China and the lives of their American-born daughters in California... In the hands of Amy Tan, who has a wonderful eye for what is telling, a fine ear for dialogue, a deep empathy for her subject matter and a guilelessly straightforward way of writing, they sing with rare fidelity and beauty.' - The New York Times Book Review
'Amy Tan's brilliant novel flits in and out of many realities, but all of them contain mothers and daughters... Each story is a fascinating vignette, and together 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.' The Washington Post Book World"
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