The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club

By Amy Tan

  • Release Date: 2006-09-21
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4 (From 465 Ratings)


The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians

Amy Tan’s beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters

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 mystery.


  • Only Ami

    By MacNana1
    Read that. Loved it. Felt it. Lived by its lessons.
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    By Doc.Brown
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  • This book is awful

    By Ihatejoyluckclub
    Worst book I've ever read. You'd be better off burning $8 than buying this book.
  • Fast moving and well written

    By that_grrl42
    I literally couldn't put it down. It is an engrossing tale that any mother or daughter can relate to. Helped me understand my relationship with my mother better.
  • Bad bad book

    By Ganoosh47
    This book is really bad. Worst book ever
  • Its awsome

    By Jessy4ever22
    I'm reading this book in class and it's very interesting
  • Joy of reading.

    By CLE2CLT
    I've read this book many times before. It's a good story. Yes, drama-filled, right from the beginning until the end.
  • Beautiful

    By Yoyoyoplo
    The story takes place in san francisco, and is very different from other books i've read. Its drama-filled but very very good