The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan [FIRST EDITION] 1989 • G.P. Putnam's Sons
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
FIRST EDITION  G.P. PUTNAM'S SONS
8th printing / 1989
Hardcover with dust jacket in very good condition.
A bit of mild edge shelf / edge wear to an overall beautiful dust jacket. Vintage price sticker on front panel.
Book is excellent; boards have just a touch of wear to top of spine. Reads as new!
Four mothers, four daughters, four families, whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's telling the stories. 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.
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.