When I was a teenager, Amy Tan was one of my favorite authors. Her provocative novels about the experience of Chinese immigrants and their children were an inspiration and gave me a glimpse into another culture.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Tan’s bestselling novel The Joy Luck Club. Penguin is releasing a new drop cap edition of the book, which will go on sale on April 30.
As part of the promotion surrounding the book, the publisher has offered to let me give away a copy of the Penguin Classics edition of The Joy Luck Club.
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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