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A stunning reissue of the international bestseller, from the much-loved author of The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter's Daughter. Pearl Louie Brandt has a terrible secret which she tries desperately to keep from her mother, Winne Louie. And Winnie has long kept her own secrets - about her past and the confusing circumstances of Pearl's birth. Fate intervenes in the form of Helen Kwong, Winnie's so-called sister-in-law, who believes she is dying and must unburden herself of all falsehoods before she flies off to heaven. But, unfortunately, the truth comes in many guises, depending on who is telling the tale... Thus begins a story that takes us back to Shanghai in the 1920s, through World War II, and the harrowing events that led to Winnie's arrival in America in 1949. The story is one of innocence and its loss, tragedy and survival and, most of all, the enduring qualities of hope, love and friendship.

`In this remarkable book Tan manages to illuminate the nobility of friendship and the necessity of humour. Give yourself over to the world she creates.' New York Times `Once again this wonderful novel has extended experience. There is something dizzyingly elemental about Tan's storytelling; it melds the rich simplicities of fairytales with a delicate lyrical style.' Sunday Times `Tan is a prodigal with her talent. She weaves a dazzling web of unfamiliar colours, smells, tastes and landscapes.' Sunday Telegraph `Amy Tan writes with passion and humour, making East and West mutually more comprehensible.' Daily Mail amy tan is the author of four critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling novels. Her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, was nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a recipient of the Commonwealth Gold Award. The Joy Luck Club was also adapted into a feature film in 1994. Her subsequent novels are The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Bonesetter's Daughter. She lives in San Francisco and New York.

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  • PDF | 432 pages
  • Amy Tan(Author)
  • HarperPerennial; New edition edition (July 5, 2004)
  • English
  • 5
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By M. Montour on October 20, 2017

    Amy Tan does such a beautiful job of weaving tales and inserting past memories into present context. She shares the difficult lives and experiences of these women of China so long ago. The struggles that they went through and how each of them have been shaped by these challenges.Her characters are so well drawn as to know them. The character of Wen Fu was one that I found myself hating for his cruelty and selfishness. The way she infuses so much detail of life in China so long ago and of life during wartime. It is achingly poignant and sometimes very sad.I love her writing and her subject matter of women and how they became to be the way they are today through the lives and challenges they experience. The element of Mother and Daughter each learning more about themselves through learning about the other, is a theme she does so very well. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Amy Tan, or simply who enjoy reading about people who have lived through so much adversity to find their way to happiness.

  • By Anastasiya Koroleva on July 31, 2016

    Yet another all women cast ( just the main characters that is), personable, relatable. Winnie is your mother too, and so is Helen. Interesting insight into WWII period China, I have never seen any of it mentioned anywhere. Slightly too drawn out, character is well crafted but almost exagerrated

  • By Alicia May on September 29, 2017

    Amy Tan does it again! In this book, she makes us look at our mothers with different eyes. We think we know them. We wonder how they've survived their ho-hum lives but then we learn they were completely different people before we came along. The bulk of the story is of the mother relaying to her daughter (and us) exactly what happened in her life during the lengthy civil war in China. To say she struggled, would be a gross understatement. She survives and is a great deal sharper than we and her daughter originally gave her credit for. Once you've read this story, you will find yourself giving thanks for so many things we take for granted You'll also find yourself watching your mother when she doesn't know it. The following questions will haunt you: "What was she like when she was twenty? What all has she endured? Could I be as strong as she has been?".

  • By NYC Gal on April 8, 2015

    Amy Tan is an excellent author about mother-daughter relationships dealing with a Chinese mother and her American daughter, this seems to be the focus of all her literary works, and it's a theme that works great for her! Her novels have consistently been on the NYT Bestseller List for consecutive weeks. This is her second novel (her first, The Joy Luck Club); this novel differ that it's about one main character instead of a combination of characters and storylines like her first book. I highly recommend. It also gives an excellent look into traditional Chinese culture, as well as Chinese life during WWII.

  • By David Kraut on September 10, 2017

    An absolutely brilliant book! "The Kitchen God's Wife" is about family communication, inter-generational relationships, a mother-daughter conflict, a delightful picture of Chinese immigrant culture today, an eye-opening look at Chinese life before, during and after WWII, a terrifying picture of China's travails during that war and one woman's fight to survive not only the Japanese, the communists, and the Guomintang government, but also the personal depredations of a monstrous husband. At once a historical novel, a humorous look at modern immigrant family relationships, and a tale of one woman's fight for survival, it is a book every American should read.

  • By pearl lou on October 12, 2014

    Slow but good. I have always enjoyed reading about the Chinese culture and the human element. For me this just moved too slowly. Not a book that I couldn't put down. However, the story is one of relationships between women which I enjoy. A mother tells her grown daughter about her past life in China and reveals a secret that she has kept hidden from her until an Aunt threatens to reveal if the mother doesn't. Will it destroy the relationship?

  • By FitnessFreak on January 17, 2018

    The story is just a view of Chinese culture, but it is not written well. Great for teenage level reading , but not even close to being a worthwhile literary escapade. If you enjoy a quick superficial read, this is for you.

  • By AppleLee on June 2, 2016

    This is one of my favorite books! I love it. Amy Tan is such a great writer. This book brings you back to China where you get to experience life in an era of communism, what women went through, what life was like, and etc.


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