The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

This novel explores the complex relationships between four Chinese-American mothers and their American-born daughters. The narrative switches between the perspectives of the eight women, revealing their pasts, their struggles with cultural identity, and the misunderstandings that have grown between the generations. The mothers, who all experienced hardship in their native China, want their daughters to have better lives and thus push them to excel in America. The daughters, in turn, struggle to reconcile their American surroundings with their Chinese heritage.

The 326th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 1260

Since this book was first published in 1989, there is a penalty of 24.0%. The age adjusted score is 957.6.

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