Get excited, because we will be kicking off our online book club series today! Our aim is to read and discuss books written by well-known and emerging Asian-American authors. We will be starting it off with Amy Tan’s national best-selling novel and finalist for the National Book Award, The Joy Luck Club!

We will be dividing the novel into four sections (which will follow the four main sections of the novel) to discuss each week. We will also be featuring your responses on our blog post the following week, so this is a great opportunity to voice your opinions on our blog. We will be releasing the discussion sections for Part I on Wednesday, May 24th. Get your hands on a copy before then and feel free to start reading!

Here is the book synopsis:

Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who’s “saying” the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. “To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable.” Forty years later the stories and history continue.

With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

Please like our Facebook page and comment below with why you are excited to read The Joy Luck Club and your e-mail address for a chance to win a copy! The giveaway is open to California residents and will end on Tuesday, May 23rd.