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The Joy Luck Club
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Fiction/Biography Profile
1989 - National Book Award for Fiction nominee
1989 - Los Angeles Times Book Prize nominee
Mothers and daughters
American Dream
Chinese American women
China - Asia
San Francisco, California - West (U.S.)
California - West (U.S.)
Time Period
1980s -- 20th century
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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.

  Publishers Weekly Review

``Intensely poetic, startlingly imaginative and moving, this remarkable book will speak to many women, mothers and grown daughters, about the persistent tensions and powerful bonds between generations and cultures,'' praised PW . Author tour. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
In 1949 four Chinese women-drawn together by the shadow of their past-begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club. <p>Nearly forty years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to take her place, only to learn of her mother's lifelong wish-and the tragic way in which it has come true.</p> <p>The revelation of this secret unleashes an urgent need among the women to reach back and remember...</p>
Table of Contents
Feathers from a Thousand Li Away
The Joy Luck Club    Jing-Mei Woop. 19
Scar    An-Mei Hsup. 42
The Red Candle    Lindo Jongp. 49
The Moon Lady    Ying-Ying St. Clairp. 67
The Twenty-Six Malignant Gates
Rules of the Game    Waverly Jongp. 89
The Voice from the Wall    Lena St. Clairp. 102
Half and Half    Rose Hsu Jordanp. 116
Two Kinds    Jing-Mei Woop. 132
American Translation
Rice Husband    Lena St. Clairp. 149
Four Directions    Waverly Jongp. 166
Without Wood    Rose Hsu Jordanp. 185
Best Quality    Jing-Mei Woop. 197
Queen Mother of the Western Skies
Magpies    An-Mei Hsup. 215
Waiting Between the Trees    Ying-Ying St. Clairp. 242
Double Face    Lindo Jongp. 253
A Pair of Tickets    Jing-Mei Woop. 267
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