The Joy luck club
作者:Amy Tan
出版:Oxford : Oxford University Press


  The novel begins with the death of Suyuan Woo, an elderly Chinese woman and the founding member of the Joy Luck Club. Suyuan died without fulfilling her wish: to be reunited with her twin daughters who were lost in China.

  Suyuan’s American-born daughter, Jing-mei(June) Woo, is asked to replace her mother at the Joy Luck Club’s meetings.The other three elderly members of the Club– her mother’s best friends and Jing-mei’s"aunties" – give Jing-mei enough money to travel to China and meet her sisters. Besides,they also assign her a tough task of telling her twin sisters about the mother they never knew. What troubles Jing-mei most is that she feels like she never really knew her own mother.

  This simple premise raises the question of how well daughters know their mothers. The
other three members of the Joy Luck Club –Ying-ying, Lindo, and An-mei – all have wisdom
that they wish to impart to their independent,American daughters. However, their daughters –Lena, Waverly, and Rose – all have their own perspectives on life as Americans. Each other daughter pair struggles with cultural and generational differences. This gives the book
eight perspectives and life stories to draw from--- (the novel is set in three different times: China, where the mothers grew up,contemporary San Francisco, where the daughters and mothers live, and America in general.) At the end of the book, Jing-mei flies to China to meet her half sisters. She is really worried about meeting them. When the sisters meet for the first time, they instantly hug and cry. Jing-mei’s mother’s wish has been fulfilled, and through the process, Jing-mei feels that she has come closer to her mother.

  Amy Tan was born in Oakland, California on February 19, 1952. She is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships. Her best-known work is the Joy Luck Club which has been translated into 35 languages. In 1994, Amy Tan and co-screenwriter Ron Bass adapted the work as a feature film,which was directed by Wayne Wang. The ovie was a great success.