The Joy Luck Club, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (7 ratings)


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. The international bestseller


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I expected this to be over-hyped, but I found it quite gripping. The style, connected short stories, held my attention better than a novel concerning the same characters would have.I did have to flick back to the table of contents quite often, to remind myself of the family relationships - my memory at fault, not the book.

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Didn't enjoy this because of its theme - I probably will return to this as it is very well written. 

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I didn't think this was groundbreaking, but it was engaging and interesting, and very well written. It's always nice to hear stories from different cultures. I did have a bit of trouble keeping the characters straight, and I wish I had taken a couple notes while reading.

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Refreshingly pleasant reading. Four Chinese mothers and four Chinese American daughters growing up in San Francisco and facing the cultural difference in the new world, memories from the past. It is surprising and interesting to see the mothers point of view in the new culture, and their experiences in the old one.a book difficult to put down. Anna

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A wonderful collection of mother and daughter stories from a Chinese perspective.

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