Literary Fiction

The Joy Luck Club

by Amy Tan

Quick take

Their lives are vastly different and yet interconnected in numerous ways that Tan recounts with equal parts anger and empathy.

Why I love it

Amy Tan’s extraordinary 1989 novel explores the divide between Chinese immigrants to the US and their children, first generation Americans being raised in San Francisco. Over games of mah jong and close-knit conversations, The Joy Luck Club delves into the backstories of four mothers and their four daughters. Their lives, especially their childhoods, are vastly different and yet interconnected in ...

Member thoughts

60% Love
36% Like
4% Dislike
  • Crystal F.

    Saint Clair Shores, MI

    "Enjoyed learning the different perspectives between mother, daughter and what it means to be family. A good easy read. "

  • Abigail E.

    Virginia Beach, VA

    "Tan has created a book where the reader can fall into a different place, a different time, a different life. This will forever be one of my favorite books."

  • Fabian M.

    Ignacio, CO

    "A strong and positive novel about culture, history and the present as we see it in life. One of the best I have read! "

  • Jamie M.

    Gillette, WY

    "WOW. This book really got me thinking about the unknown histories of my own parents' lives, and their parents'. It illustrates that we don't always know the whole story, even with those close to us."

  • Belinda B.

    Gotha, FL

    "Wonderful book about family and how we don't always get along but always will be there for each other. "

  • Shelby F.

    Greenbrier, TN

    "A book about trying to find your place in the world and helping the next generation find theirs. Through it all, we're the same. And in the end, all we want is to be loved and understood."

  • sara f.


    "I'm so glad I read this book. We all live our lives as if no one else has lived before us but this novel makes you think about the many connections we have and how we all want to be loved. "

  • Susan K.

    Longwood, FL

    "One of my all time favorites! Multigenerational and 1st gen plot lines"

  • Leora C.

    Red Bank, TN

    "I liked that this book offered a peek into the Chinese and Chinese-American perspective on culture and life. I was engaged by the way the story was told from different angles and backgrounds. "

  • Lexi D.

    Roanoke, VA

    "I honestly cannot believe that it took me until now to read this novel. And all I have to say is that it is fantastic."

  • Ottavia M.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "Beautifully written and evocative of two very different cultures and times, The Joy Luck Club may be a struggle to read due for some."