The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club Summary

The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians

Amy Tan’s beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters, now the focus of a new documentary Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir on Netflix

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.

Book Reviews


Joy Luck5 star

Beautifully written novel.55

sofia brighi

Joy luck club1 star

Very good book. Read in less then a week. If you are someone who is interested in family oriented stories, especially being about mother - daughter. This is for you!!! 👍🏼15


Amazing5 star

This review has been a long time coming. When I was thirteen years old I saw the movie and was in love with the characters and the stories that Amy tan bought to life. So when I saw movie was based on book many years laters. I knew that I one day had to read and do a review. I siting here finally doing just that. I highly recommend this book. I have bought every single Amy Tan book and can't wait to get into her other books. The way she bought these women stories to life. And I could only image the real snuggles that women and children went during through during war time coming over to American and making a different life for their families that they started. I love reading each women story in this book. I felt closest to each of these characters when reading their stories. I am so glad that I felling read and now I am finally rewatching the movie. About Book- Eight women and eight different stories. How a game stated by one woman sho made friends along the way and their daughters became friends. This book about mothers and daughter relationships . And daughters trying to understand their mothers. It funny its sad. Again highly recommend.55

Peggy Padelt

Beautiful5 star

Compelling, mesmerizing, loving and a thoughtful piece. I wish it had gone on but the ending was the correct affect55


Only Ami5 star

Read that. Loved it. Felt it. Lived by its lessons.55


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I would love to read this book, but every time I try to purchase it I get a message saying "This item is currently being modified. Please try again later." I may change my review if this book is ever fixed so I can buy it.15


This book is awful1 star

Worst book I've ever read. You'd be better off burning $8 than buying this book.15


Fast moving and well written4 star

I literally couldn't put it down. It is an engrossing tale that any mother or daughter can relate to. Helped me understand my relationship with my mother better.45


Bad bad book1 star

This book is really bad. Worst book ever15


Its awsome5 star

I'm reading this book in class and it's very interesting55

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