From the Publisher
Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories
shift with the four winds depending on who''s "saying" the stories.
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. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise
their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something
already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty
years later the stories and history continue.
With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes
painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers
and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel
the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more
entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters
roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of
their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing
readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and
About the Author
Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club,
The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret
Senses, The Bonesetter''s Daughter,
The Opposite of Fate, Saving Fish from
Drowning, and two children's books, The Moon
Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, which
has been adapted as Sagwa, a PBS series for
children. Tan was also the co-producer and co-screenwriter of the
film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays
and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.
Her work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.
Tan, who has a master's degree in linguistics from San Jose
University, has worked as a language specialist to programs serving
children with developmental disabilities. She lives with her
husband in San Francisco and New York.
About the Book
< b>A New York Times Bestseller< /b>< P>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. Nearly forty years later, one of the members has died.
When her daughter comes to take her place, she learns of her
mother's lifelong wish, and the tragic way in which it has come
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: September 26, 2006
Publisher: Penguin Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0143038095
ISBN - 13: 9780143038092