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The Joy Luck Club

Tan, Amy

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ISBN 10: 0399134204 / ISBN 13: 9780399134203
Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1989
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First Printing with complete number line. Dustjacket has the Canadian price of $26.50. Book has bump to spine ends with slight chip on bottom spine end, else very clean and tight with no markings in book. Dustjacket echoes bump to spine ends with two small chips at top of spine and 1/2" closed tear down from top of rear panel near spine. Bookseller Inventory # 001490

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Title: The Joy Luck Club

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Edition: First Edition

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Master storyteller Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters in this New York Times bestseller.

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


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...

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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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