The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

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The Joy Luck Club (1989) is a best-selling novel written by Amy Tan. It focuses on the game and four Chinese American immigrant families who start a club known as "the Joy Luck Club," playing the Chinese game of Mahjong for money while feasting on a variety of foods. The book is structured somewhat like a mahjong game, with four parts divided into four sections to create sixteen chapters. The three mothers and four daughters (one mother, Suyuan Woo, dies before the novel opens) share stories about their lives in the form of vignettes. Each part is preceded by a parable.

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The 323rd greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 8th on Top 100 World Literature Titles (Perfection Learning)
  2. - 25th on The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)
  3. - 65th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (
  4. - 100th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  5. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at
  6. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
  7. - The Great American Read (PBS)

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