Title: THE JOY LUCK CLUB
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York
Publication Date: 1989
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: very good +
Edition: 1st Edition
8vo. Teal-green quarter cloth over pale blue boards. Gilt cover "joy luck" design and spine lettering. 288 pages. Small, rectangular name/address label attached to front FEP. No other names; no remainder or other marks. Bright, glossy dust-jacket, illustrated by Gretchen Schields, is worn at corners, with a small, triangular chip missing at bottom of front flap and several small closed tears along top of both panels. Dust-jacket has both U.S. and Canadian ("$26.50") prices on top front flap and publisher's name/address at bottom of rear flap. First Edition, First printing [with full number line]. Bookseller Inventory # 000608
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In 1949 four Chinese women-drawn together by the shadow of their past-begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club.
Nearly forty years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to take her place, only to learn of her mother's lifelong wish-and the tragic way in which it has come true.
The revelation of this secret unleashes an urgent need among the women to reach back and remember...
Review: 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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