The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club is an American classic not only as a tale of immigrants but also of mothers and daughters. It features the stories of four mother-daughter pairs, all of whom have their own personalities and backstories.

Of the characters, I liked Lindo Jong the most. All of their stories were compelling, but I liked Lindo Jong’s voice the most. She had an unapologetic way of getting her point across—I laughed with her “cheap 14 karat gold” comment, but I do get her point. I found it interesting how another character observed Lindo’s daughter, Waverly, and thought something along the lines of “of course, she would know how to pick the best piece. She is, after all, Lindo’s daughter.” To be regarded in another character’s story confirms Lindo is remarkable.

To me, The Joy Luck Club is a timeless piece. Although the book was published two decades ago, the stories are still relevant and the characters relatable. It is, at the end of the day, a tale of parents and children, of how parents know more than their children think they do. Language barriers are nothing—parents have earned enough XP IRL to know what’s what. I’m glad to have read this book.

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