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The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
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Mar 11, 08

bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction, world-culture, chinese-culture
Read in March, 2008

Amy Tan is such a master! This is even better than The Joy Luck Club! For three nights running, I couldn't put it down. Like The Joy Luck Club, it's about the relationship between a Chinese immigrant mother and her Americanized daughter. It also weaves in lots of Chinese myth and religion. But the best part is the historical picture it gives you. Most of the book is about the mother's experiences in WWII China, and it shows how the Communists both helped and hurt the people. Mostly, though, it's about an abusive marriage. I certainly cried through it, and I'm sure others will, too.

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