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  1. Welcome everyone to the September Reading Circle for The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan ** It is assumed that you have read the book before reading posts in this thread, as the discussion might give away crucial points, and the continuous use of spoiler tags might hinder fluent reading of posts ** Synopsis: The Joy Luck Club was formed of four Chinese women recently moved to San Francisco who meet to eat dim sum, play mah-jong and to share stories. Forty years on they and their daughters tell wise and witty tales of hope, loss, family and history. Spanning pre-Revolutionary China to 1980s San Francisco, the women talk as secrets are spilled, mothers boast and despair and daughters struggle with tangled truths. Here are some basic questions but feel free to write your thoughts down in whichever way you prefer. 1- Who was your favourite character? 2- Was there a particular part you enjoyed more than the rest? 3- Was this the first book you've read in this genre/by this author/has it encouraged you to read more? 4- Were there any parts/ideas you struggled with? 5- Did you enjoy the shared narration? 6- Did you find it easy to connect the mother's stories with the daughter's? 7- Why do you think the mothers felt that it was important to relate their histories? 8- Did the daughters benefit from learning about their heritage? 9- Overall was reading the book an enjoyable experience? 10- Would you recommend the book and if so to whom?
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