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Encompassing two generations and a rich blend of Chinese and American history, the story of four struggling, strong women also reveals their daughter's memories and feelings.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Amy Tan
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2006
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 0143038095

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“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.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Amy Tan
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2006-09-21
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 1101502738

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‘The Joy Luck Club is an ambitious saga that’s impossible to read without wanting to call your Mum’ Stylist Discover Amy Tan’s moving and poignant tale of immigrant Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters. 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.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Amy Tan
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2008-12-26
File: 368 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781407072852

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-- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature. -- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism. -- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index

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Genre: Chinese Americans in literature
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2009-01-01
File: 233 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781438113968

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Presents critical essays that discuss the language, characters, plot, and major themes of the author's novel about Chinese-American families.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2009
File: 194 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781604133998

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From English classes to book clubs, Amy Tan's bestseller The Joy Luck Club has become a staple of contemporary American fiction. Its heartrending and powerful stories speak volumes about the trials both of the immigrant experience in America and of mother-daughter relationships in any family. The Companion takes you inside this favorite: What are the Joy Luck Club daughters expected to do with the stories their mothers tell them? How autobiographical is Tan's novel? Which daughter did she base on herself? What role does the past play in the lives of immigrants and their children?

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: John Henriksen
Publisher: Spark Publishing Group
Release: 2003
File: 57 Pages
ISBN-13: 1586638580

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Collects sixteen essays examining the work, covering such topics as artistic aspects of the text, its critical reception, and the use of repetitions and parallels in the work.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Robert C. Evans
Publisher: Salem PressInc
Release: 2010
File: 323 Pages
ISBN-13: PSU:000067112807

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CONVICTS is a juicy slice of Lone Star gothic, wherein the fourteen-year-old Horace is discovered working as an assistant to a grizzled old cane plantation owner who oversees a labor force of black prisoners. The basis for a 1991 film starring Robert Duv You'd think a play consisting almost entirely of two-person conversations in the same restaurant booth would quickly become tedious. Yet in KNICKERBOCKER, playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman [manages] to make this potentially static setup alive with biting

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Genre: Drama
Author:
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Release: 2009
File: 59 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780822223061

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The perfect companion to Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club," this study guide contains a chapter by chapter analysis of the book, a summary of the plot, and a guide to major characters and themes. BookCap Study Guides do not contain text from the actual book, and are not meant to be purchased as alternatives to reading the book. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: BookCaps Study Guides Staff
Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides
Release: 2011
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781621070535

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"An introduction to Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club for high school students, which includes relevant biographical background on the author, explanations of various literary devices and techniques, and literary criticism for the novice reader"--Provided by publisher.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Pamela Loos
Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Inc.
Release: 2008
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 0766028321

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