The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
I like this book so far. It is intriguing and compelling. The book seems to switch narrators by the chapter. This is interesting to see different points of view, and it forces the reader to pay closer attention to not only what’s taking place in the story, but also who is saying/ thinking it. Tan says, “I remember all these things. And tonight, on the fifteenth day of the eight moon, I also remember what I asked the Moon Lady so long ago. I wished to be found” (Tan 83). During this part in the book this has a more literal meaning, but the speaker has brought this into a more broad perspective. She wants to find herself, as opposed to be only what others think she is. This book is heavily oriented around family, which could play a role in the narrator’s self- identity.
Tan captures the struggle of immigrant identity in this book. Thought I have no personal experience, I have read on the topic and spoken with people who do, and Tan portrays this accurately.