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The Joy Luck Club /

by Tan, Amy.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Penguin drop caps: T.Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2014Description: 329 pages ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9780143124849; 0143124846.Subject(s): Women -- Societies and clubs -- Fiction | Reminiscing in old age -- Fiction | San Francisco (Calif.) -- Fiction | Chinese American women -- Fiction | Mothers and daughters -- Fiction | Loss (Psychology) -- Fiction | Female friendship -- Fiction | Mothers -- Death -- Fiction | Chinese American women | Female friendship | Loss (Psychology) | Mothers and daughters | Mothers -- Death | Reminiscing in old age | Women -- Societies and clubs | California -- San Francisco | Fiction
Contents:
Feathers from a thousand Li away. Jing-Mei Woo : The Joy Luck Club -- An-Mei Hsu : Scar -- Lindo Jong : The red candle -- Ying-Ying St. Clair : The moon lady -- The twenty-six malignant gates. Waverly Jong : Rules of the game -- Lena St. Clair : The voice from the wall -- Rose Hsu Jordan : Half and half -- Jing-Mei Woo : Two kinds -- American translation. Lena St. Clair : Rice husband -- Waverly Jong : Four directions -- Rose Hsu Jordan : Without wood -- Jing-Mei Woo : Best quality -- Queen mother of the western skies. An-Mei Hsu : Magpies -- Ying-Ying St. Clair : Waiting between the trees -- Lindo Jong : Double face -- Jing-Mei Woo : A pair of tickets.
Summary: In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, gather to play mah jong, remember the past, and gossip into the night. United in unspeakable loss and new hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, memories that reveal these women's strength, worries, and determination, which their American-born daughters reject as irrelevant. The daughters, in turn, recall pivotal moments of their own past. They believe their mother's expectations have stymied their ability to face the uncertainties of the future. We see how the inheritance of pain and unsaid secrets have led to misunderstanding and yet how love can still undo the damage and provide reconciliation. - Flyleaf.Summary: 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. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between these four women and their American-born daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. - Publisher.Summary: Encompassing two generations and a rich blend of Chinese and American history, the story of four struggling, strong women also reveals their daughter's memories and feelings.
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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. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between these four women and their American-born daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined.

Feathers from a thousand Li away. Jing-Mei Woo : The Joy Luck Club -- An-Mei Hsu : Scar -- Lindo Jong : The red candle -- Ying-Ying St. Clair : The moon lady -- The twenty-six malignant gates. Waverly Jong : Rules of the game -- Lena St. Clair : The voice from the wall -- Rose Hsu Jordan : Half and half -- Jing-Mei Woo : Two kinds -- American translation. Lena St. Clair : Rice husband -- Waverly Jong : Four directions -- Rose Hsu Jordan : Without wood -- Jing-Mei Woo : Best quality -- Queen mother of the western skies. An-Mei Hsu : Magpies -- Ying-Ying St. Clair : Waiting between the trees -- Lindo Jong : Double face -- Jing-Mei Woo : A pair of tickets.

In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, gather to play mah jong, remember the past, and gossip into the night. United in unspeakable loss and new hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, memories that reveal these women's strength, worries, and determination, which their American-born daughters reject as irrelevant. The daughters, in turn, recall pivotal moments of their own past. They believe their mother's expectations have stymied their ability to face the uncertainties of the future. We see how the inheritance of pain and unsaid secrets have led to misunderstanding and yet how love can still undo the damage and provide reconciliation. - Flyleaf.

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. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between these four women and their American-born daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. - Publisher.

Encompassing two generations and a rich blend of Chinese and American history, the story of four struggling, strong women also reveals their daughter's memories and feelings.

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Library Journal Review

What a wonderful book! The ``joy luck club'' is a mah jong/storytelling support group formed by four Chinese women in San Francisco in 1949. Years later, when member Suyuan Woo dies, her daughter June (Jing-mei) is asked to take her place at the mah jong table. With chapters alternating between the mothers and the daughters of the group, we hear stories of the old times and the new; as parents struggle to adjust to America, their American children must struggle with the confusion of having immigrant parents. Reminiscent of Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior in its vivid depiction of Chinese-American women, this novel is full of complicated, endearingly human characters and first-rate story telling in the oral tradition. It should be a hit in any fiction collection.-- Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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