Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The 25th Anniversary of The Joy Luck Club

Unbelievably, Amy Tan's classic The Joy Luck Club is 25 years old this year!  I read this book in college, about a decade after its release, and fell immediately in love with it.  (Shamefully [?] one of the things I remember most is Waverly -- I just thought that was the most dramatic and romantic name ever.)

Have you read The Joy Luck Club?  What did you think of it?

Here's the jacket blurb:
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.

Thanks to Penguin, I have two editions of The Joy Luck Club to give away!  The first is the newly released hardcover Drop Caps 'T' edition, from Penguin's Drop Caps collection.  The other is the paperback Penguin Classic edition.

To enter, fill out this brief form.  Open to US and Canadian readers, ends 5/9.


  1. I have always been a reader, but when The Joy Luck Club came out, I think that was one of the first books I read that could be considered a book club type of book. Before that, it was more like Dean Koontz and Stephen King for me. I thought the movie was very good too which is so rare. I would love to win that drop cap version!! I filled out the form. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I follow you on email. I just realized that the posts have not been coming for over two weeks. Is it just me?

    1. Mystica -- I'm still getting them -- don't know if they're going into your spam folder possibly? Try resubscribing. I'm looking into it on my end!

  3. Anna turned me onto this book ages ago and we met Amy Tan at a conference in St. Louis when we went in college. She spoke at the honors society meeting. She was wonderful and probably thought we were over-exuberant.

  4. This is one of my all time favorite books. I can't believe it came out 25 years ago - mind blowing!!

  5. I read it as a teenager and also thought that Waverly was the most fabulous name ever. :D I think this book would likely still make my top twenty of all time. Never gets old! I like The Kitchen God's Wife, too, although I'm not crazy about Tan's more recent work.