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Tan's immensely perceptive and poignant second novel tells of an aging Chinese woman's relationship with her American daughter.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
YA-- Fans of Tan's Joy Luck Club (Putnam, 1989) will love her powerful second novel. Here she creates an absorbing story about the lives of a Chinese mother and her adult American-born daughter. Pressured to reveal to the young woman her secret past in war-torn China in the 1940s, Winnie weaves an unbelievable account of a childhood of loneliness and abandonment and a young adulthood marred by a nightmarish arranged marriage. Winnie survives her many ordeals because of the friendship and strength of her female friends, the love of her second husband, and her own steadfast courage and endurance. At the conclusion, her secrets are uncovered and she shares a trust/love relationship with her daughter, Pearl, that was missing from both their lives. Some YAs may find the beginning a bit slow, but this beautifully written, heartrending, sometimes violent story with strong characterzation will captivate their interest to the very last page. --Nancy Bard, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
After trudging through several books that weren't worth reading- I finally found one that was... I enjoyed the story line, the mother-daughter relationship and learning about the... Read morePublished on March 24 2004
I have really enjoyed all of Tan's novels, however this book I have not been able to set down. She uses a style of a master story teller often ending a section which you've had... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by SeattleStamper
WOW. This is the 3rd time I have read this book, and I just start weeping. I work on Broadway, ( yes I am a performer)and this book is wonderful. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2003 by NV
Amy Tan has done it again! She brings the reader into another world to explore the difference a generation can make between parent and child and how love can transcend the... Read morePublished on March 18 2003
It starts great, but then it starts to linger off and it just doesn't have the same "hold" as "joy luck" did. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2003
No mattter how much you love your mother, this will help you to appreciate her more. my family is not chinese, nor are we immigrants, however, after reading this book, I learned to... Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2002
I can't compare "The Kitchen God's Wife" to any other Amy Tan's novels since I haven't read any besides this one. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2002 by Emily
If you like slow, painfully detailed stories told by whiny, negative characters, you'll love this book. Otherwise, don't bother. Read morePublished on July 5 2002 by M. L. Jones