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A Reader's Guide to Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

Series: Multicultural Literature

By Pamela Loos

Amy Tan's THE JOY LUCK CLUB is one of the most well-known and appreciated works by a contemporary Asian-American author. Published in 1989, it was on the NEW YORK TIMES best-seller list for many months and was nominated for many awards. While the novel focuses on relationships between immigrant mothers from China and their American-born daughters, THE JOY LUCK CLUB has enjoyed a broad and popular appeal that has cut across lines of both culture and gender.

Library Ed.978-0-7660-2832-6$33.27$24.95

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". . . makes classic literary works accessible to the high school reader. Students learn about multicultural literature and literary criticism as well as plots, characters, and literary devices and techniques."

MultiCultural Review, Winter 2008

"This series successfully conveys the importance of each title's contribution to multicultural literature through a comprehensive introduction to the author, plot, characters, themes, and literary devices . . . Students will find these useful as companion volumes."

The Horn Book Guide, Fall 2008

"The books are an excellent resource for the student wanting to do more in depth research . . . The volumes are well organized, clearly written, and simple to understand . . . For older students, the series would most likely serve as a starting point in their research; however, for younger students the series is a first-rate introduction to literary analysis and would be a worthy purchase for middle school libraries."

VOYA, October 2008

". . . an excellent companion to the book."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, May 2008

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