The Joy Luck ClubBook - 1989
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.
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"I seemed to hear less than what was said, while my mother heard more. "
"What was worse, we asked among ourselves, to sit and wait for our own deaths with proper somber faces? Or to choose our own happiness?"
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This is the story of four Chinese women and their daughters. The mothers suffered great losses in the war, both financial and personal. To bolster themselves and each other, they formed the "Joy Luck" club, in which they shared friendship and happiness that was theirs for at least just that moment. Eventually, they emigrated to San Francisco. Their daughters grew up as Americans, but their Chinese nature was permanently and inescapably in their blood and bones and souls. I very much enjoyed the way the Chinese viewpoint inserted itself into the most mundane situations, especially as the mothers tried to teach their daughters the difficult lessons of life.
Encompassing two generations and a rich blend of Chinese and American history, the story of four struggling, strong women also reveals their daughters' memories and feelings.
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