Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club (Hardcover)
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The Joy Luck Club explores the lives of the women in four Chinese-American families and the daughters who struggle to fulfill or reject the cultural and familial expectations placed on them. Residing in San Francisco''s Chinatown, the characters reveal themselves through their stories to be incredibly strong women. This guide to The Joy Luck Club includes helpful critical excerpts for those studying the book, an annotated bibliography, an index for quick reference, and an introduction by critic Harold Bloom.
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An overview of the novel features a biographical sketch of the author, a list of characters, a summary of the plot, and critical and analytical views of the work.
"'The Joy Luck Club' is that rare mesmerizing novel that one always seeks but seldom finds. Tracing the poignant destinies of two generations of tough, intelligent women, each gorgeously written page welcomes the reader and leads to an enlightenment that, like all true wisdom, sometimes brings pleasure and sometimes sadness.... writing that makes a difference, that alters the way we understand the world and ourselves, that transcends topicality, and by those criteria 'The Joy Luck Club' is the real thing." - Michael Dorris 03/12/1989 Los Angeles Times Book Review
"The only negative thing I could ever say about this book is that I'll never again be able to read it for the first time." - Carolyn See 03/12/1989