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The Joy Luck Club

1st Ballantine Books edition
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This edition was published in by Ivy Books in New York.

Written in English

338 pages

Four mothers, four daughters, four families, whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's telling the stories. In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet weekly to play mahjong and tell stories of what they left behind in China. United in loss and new hope for their daughters' futures, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Their daughters, who have never heard these stories, think their mothers' advice is irrelevant to their modern American lives – until their own inner crises reveal how much they've unknowingly inherited of their mothers' pasts.

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 mystery.

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October 1999, Tandem Library
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1998, Minerva
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1995, Cambridge University Press
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1994, Lian Jing
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1994, Rizzoli
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1990, Minerva
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July 1990, Thorndike Press
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1990, Lian he wen xue chu ban she, Zong jing xiao Lian jing chu ban shi yeh gong si
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1990, Ivy Books
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1989, G. P. Putnam's Sons
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1989, G. P. Putnam's Sons
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1989, G.P. Putnam's Sons
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1989, Heinemann
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1989, Putnam's
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1989, Mandarin
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1989, Ivy Books
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1989, Thorndike Press
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The Joy Luck Club

First published in 1989



First Sentence

"My father has asked me to be the fourth corner at the Joy Luck Club."

Work Description

Four mothers, four daughters, four families, whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's telling the stories. In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet weekly to play mahjong and tell stories of what they left behind in China. United in loss and new hope for their daughters' futures, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Their daughters, who have never heard these stories, think their mothers' advice is irrelevant to their modern American lives – until their own inner crises reveal how much they've unknowingly inherited of their mothers' pasts.

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 mystery.

The Joy Luck Club

1st Ballantine Books edition

This edition was published in by Ivy Books in New York.


Table of Contents

Feathers from a Thousand Li Away 1
Jing-Mei Woo: The Joy Luck Club 5
An-Mei Hsu: Scar 33
Lindo Jong: The Red Candle 42
Ying-Ying St. Clair: The Moon Lady 64
The Twenty-Six Malignant Gates 85
Waverly Jong: Rules of the Game 89
Lena St. Clair: The Voice from the Wall 104
Rose Hsu Jordan: Half and Half 122
Jing-Mei Woo: Two Kinds 141
American Translation 157
Lena St. Clair: Rice Husband 161
Waverly Jong: Four Directions 182
Rose Hsu Jordan: Without Wood 206
Jing-Mei Woo: Best Quality 221
Queen Mother of the Western Skies 237
An-Mei Hsu: Magpies 241
Ying-Ying St. Clair: Waiting Between the Trees 274
Lindo Jong: Double Face 288
Jing-Mei Woo: A Pair of Tickets 306

Edition Notes

Genre
Fiction.
Copyright Date
1989

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.54

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
337p.
Number of pages
338

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL17804947M
Internet Archive
joyluckclubtana00tana
ISBN 10
0804106304
LC Control Number
88-26492
oclc
21571021
Library Thing
4652
Goodreads
563002

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