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Discuss mother-daughter relationships in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club.

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Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club was her first published novel (in 1989) and is about mother-daughter relationships. In the novel, the stories are sometimes biographical to Amy Tan's life (e.g., when she meets siblings as an adult that she never knew she had, from her mother's first marriage in China).

The book is sectioned into four parts; the stories of the mothers and daughters are inter-mixed with each other. Each of the mothers is a member of the Joy Luck Club, and the stories deal with each mother, with related stories that deal with the mother and her daughter, and their relationships—showing how the mother-daughter relationship impacts both women.

One part is about Jing-mei , her mother, Suyuan—founder of the Joy Luck Club, and Jing-mei's father, Canning Woo. Growing up, June and her mother have a great many disagreements. June cannot handle being Chinese in America, and her mother doesn't seem to be able to understand her. When her mother dies suddenly, June travels to China...

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