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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
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I thought this book was good when I first read it, but reading it 20 years later, with an adult book discussion group, has really been a rich and spiritually-rewarding experience. This book is about women who tempered---out of necessity---the tragic stories of their pasts but realize that their own daughters will be swallowed-up by life if they cannot comprehend the fierce will to live that runs through their blood. Set in early-20th century China and late-20th century San Francisco, this weave of mother-daughter narratives gets its power from the mothers. Having kept their background lives hidden for decades, the time comes for them to talk about their relationships with their daughters, as well as reveal the pain of how their own innocence was brutally taken away. Amy Tan shows how the mothers’ singular joy has been in hoping that their daughters’ will know more happiness, more power, and more peace. As one of the characters---Ying-Ying St. Clair---says: “I will use this sharp pain to penetrate my daughter’s tough skin and cut her tiger spirit loose. She will fight me, because this is the nature of two tigers. But I will win and give her my spirit, because this is the way a mother loves her daughter.”
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Zanna beautiful. Your reviews make me see clearly whether or not I want to read!


Leslie Reese Thank you!


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