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Lavinia

Lavinia

The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan I just love it when I start a book with no expectations and end up loving it. Which is rare, since I usually do have expectations. It was the mother-daughter thing that got me interested, but I ended up loving it for so many reasons: Tan's style and talent as a story teller, the symmetry (everything is based on no. 4 - the number of players in the Mahjong game; everything starts and ends with the east), the pre-communist China, the mothers - trying to make it in the USA and give their children the best opportunities but still holding on to their Chinese heritage and being the Tiger moms we know; the daughters - their American love interests, divorces, failures and resentment of everything their mothers say and do.