Book Club Review :: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. With wit and wisdom, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between these four women and their American-born daughters. As each reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined…

[Summary from Goodreads]

 

Book Club rating: 3.5 out of 5

Four out of the five attendees indicated that they would read other works by this author after being pulled right into the story from the first paragraph, although this book wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Each chapter deals with a different character and the book features flashbacks making the story and characters a bit difficult to follow. Members found the mother/daughter relationships very interesting, even humourous and they enjoyed the glimpse into Chinese culture.

 

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