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The Joy Luck Club (1989) is a best-selling novel written by Amy Tan. It focuses on 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. There are sixteen chapters divided into four sections, and each woman, both mothers and daughters, (with the exception of one mother, Suyuan Woo, who dies before the novel opens) share stories about their lives in the form of vignettes. While The Joy Luck Club was usually described as a novel by critics, to Tan it is a collection of short stories.
In 1993, the novel was adapted into a feature film directed by Wayne Wang and starring Ming-Na, Lauren Tom, Tamlyn Tomita, France Nuyen, Rosalind Chao, Mei Juan Xi, Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin, Lisa Lu, and Vivian Wu. The screenplay was written by Amy Tan and Ronald Bass.
About the Author
Amy Tan (born February 19, 1952) is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and what it means to grow up as a first generation Asian American. In 1993, Tan's adaptation of her most popular fiction work, The Joy Luck Club, became a commercially successful film.
She has written several other books, including The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Bonesetter's Daughter, and a collection of non-fiction essays entitled The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings. Her most recent book, Saving Fish From Drowning, explores the tribulations experienced by a group of people who disappear while on an art expedition into the jungles of Burma. In addition, Tan has written two children's books: The Moon Lady (1992) and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat (1994), which was turned into an animated series airing on PBS. She has also appeared on PBS in a short spot on encouraging children to write.
Life and influences
Born in Oakland, California to Chinese immigrants John (a Baptist minister) and Daisy (a Shanghai nurse), Tan was fourteen when her father and elder brother died of brain tumours. With her mother and younger brother Peter, Tan moved to Montreux, Switzerland shortly afterward. As a teenager, Tan experienced many cross-cultural conflicts with her mother. One incident involved her mother setting up a police sting that netted Tan's boyfriend, a suspected drug dealer.
The first book that Tan ever bought was The Catcher in the Rye. At the time, owning the book was considered to be a badge of rebellion for students in her California school. The first copy Tan owned was confiscated from her when she was 14 years old to protect her from its supposed bad influence. This early experience with censorship left an impression on Tan, who notes: "I grew up to be such a stubborn person. I learned I had to think for myself."
Tan credits her rebellious nature with starting her carreer as a writer. Having started out as a pre-med student in college, and although being told by her teachers that mathematics and science were her strengths, Tan changed to become an English major still in her first year. Only days after her employer told her that writing was her "worst skill" and that she should work to become an account manager, Tan took up non-fictional writing as a freelancer. Tan received a master's degree in linguistics at San Jos� State University. Her first job was as a children's speech-language pathologist.
Tan's mother Daisy witnessed her mother committing suicide. Tan believed that her grandmother, her mother and herself all suffered from depression. Tan has also suffered from neurological Lyme disease since 1999, a struggle she has chronicled on her website and in interviews with the media. Tan was diagnosed only when her disease had already reached a late stage, and had originally credited some of her symptoms, including memory lapses, to getting older or even having Alzheimer's (her mother was diagnosed Alzheimer's before dying on 22 November, 1999). Amy Tan has become an outspoken advocate on behalf of patients with the disease.
Since turning 40, Tan has been a member of the literary garage band Rock Bottom Remainders with Dave Barry, Matt GroeningStephen King, who dedicated his non-fiction book On Writing to her. Along with King, she appeared in an episode of The Simpsons called "Insane Clown Poppy".and
She has been married to Louis DeMattei since 1974. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their pets.
- The Joy Luck Club, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1989.
- The Kitchen God's Wife, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1991.
- The Moon Lady, Maxwell Macmillan International, 1992.
- Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat, Aladdin, 1994.
- The Hundred Secret Senses, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1995.
- The Bonesetter's Daughter, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2001.
- The Opposite of Fate, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2003.
- Saving Fish from Drowning, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2005.
- "I think books were my salvation, they saved me from being miserable."
- Tan began her talk by launching into an anecdote about coming upon a Cliffs Notes version of her first novel, "The Joy Luck Club," in a bookstore. Surprised to see her work among Cliffs Notes' "Lord Jim", "Ulysses" and "Hamlet" (all of which she used in college to get through her English literature classes), her first thought was, "I'm not dead yet." (The Opposite of Fate 10)
- "I'm sitting in the $4.95 bookstore bleachers along with Shakespeare, Conrad and Joyce," she said. "I acknowledge that there is a fundamental difference that separates us. I am a contemporary author and they are not. And since I'm not dead yet, I can talk back." (The Opposite of Fate 10)