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Author Tan's Book
The Bonesetter's Daughter
This is a story of China in the days before and after the revolution, and an age-old story of the tension between mothers and daughters that is so difficult to define and so easy to identify with. Ruth Young and her mother, LuLing, have a tortured but magnetic relationship, a bond that involves superstitions, ghosts and criticisms that come close to destroying Ruth both as a child and as an adult. Her mother's daily fear of the ghost of her mother, w...
The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club was a club between four women during World War II in China; to escape the daily struggles and perils of living in this difficult time period, four ordinary women met to play mah-johng, talk, and strive to believe that good times would soon arrive. Later, as the women moved on with their lives to America, they realized that many of their intentions--their hopes for their children--could not be realized for a variety of reasons. They st...
The Kitchen God's Wife
This novel is about Pearl Louie and her mother, Winnie. The complexities and tensions between a mother and daughter are subtle, yet poignant at times. Tan describes the trials of being an immigrant in the United States through the character Winnie, and the problems of growing up torn between one's racial heritage, and one's national heritage (being born in the United States as a minority). The story is moved along by the discovery of a family "secret"...
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