The Joy Luck Club

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About the Author

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  • Read a New York Times article about Amy Tan at the heart of the San Francisco writing scene.
  • Amy Tan is a backup singer for the Rock Bottom Remainders, an all-author rock band. Their occasional shows raise money for literary organizations. Author/band members include Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Scott Turow, Matt Groening, James McBride, Greg Iles, Ridley Pearson, Roy Blount, Jr, Kathi Goldmark and Sam Barry. Stephen King has also performed with the band.

Other works by Amy Tan

Fiction:

Nonfiction:

For Children:

Novels featuring Chinese Culture and History

  • The Red Chamber by Pauline Chen - An epic reimagining of the Chinese classic "Dream of the Red Chamber" is set against a backdrop of eighteenth-century Beijing and follows the intersecting lives of three women, including orphaned Daiyu, who becomes tangled in a web of intrigue with ties to the Emperor's Palace.
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - The story of friendship across class and distance follows two women throughout their lives in 19th century China.

Novels and memoirs featuring Chinese-American Families

First-Generation, Second-Generation and other Immigrant Stories

Novels featuring Mothers and Daughters

There are hundreds of novels about mothers and daughters, but the ones we list below have a similar reading experience or feel to The Joy Luck Club: they tell the stories of several generations, depict difference across cultures, and/or feature groups of women within generations.

Nonfiction featuring Chinese Culture and History

  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang - The story of three generations in twentieth-century China, describing the life of the author's grandmother, a warlord's concubine; her mother, a member of the Communist elite, and the family's experiences during the Cultural Revolution.

Literary San Francisco

  • Porchlight is San Francisco's Moth-like storytelling series.

Feature Films

For Children

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