I really enjoyed The Joy Luck Club. I’d give it 5 out of 5 stars. Amy Tan wrote a series of vignettes and I felt that really enhanced the book- it revealed the perfect amount of information and allowed The Joy Luck Club to be read as a series of detailed snapshots. Further, the characters had flaws which never really went away, but they still changed and became more open-minded. I enjoyed Tan’s portrayal of the tumultuous relationship each mother and daughter had.
At times, the stories each mother shared similarities with the ones my grandparents and parents tell me and my siblings about India and immigrating and adjusting to life in a new country. I also understood, to an extent, how the daughters felt- within my family, the cultural differences have not created as big of a rift, but there are a lot of different expectations and, at times, it can be overwhelming.