The Joy Luck Club
About the Author
Other works by Amy Tan
- The Bonesetter's Daughter
- The Hundred Secret Senses
- The Kitchen's God's Wife
- Saving Fish from Drowning
- The Chinese Siamese Cat (adapted into the television series Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat)
Novels featuring Chinese Culture and History
- The Red Chamber by Pauline Chen - An epic reimagining of the Chinese classic "Dream of the Red Chamber" is set against a backdrop of eighteenth-century Beijing and follows the intersecting lives of three women, including orphaned Daiyu, who becomes tangled in a web of intrigue with ties to the Emperor's Palace.
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - The story of friendship across class and distance follows two women throughout their lives in 19th century China.
Novels and memoirs featuring Chinese-American Families
- Mona In the Promised Land by Gish Jen
- The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston. Try also her novel Tripmaster Monkey.
- Girl from Purple Mountain : Love, Honor, War, and One Family's Journey from China to America by May-Lee Chai and Winberg Chai
- Falling Leaves : The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter, by Adeline Yen Mah. This book is also available in a version written for younger readers: Chinese Cinderella
- Bone, by Fae Myenne Ng
- Midnight at the Dragon Cafe by Judy Bates
First-Generation, Second-Generation and other Immigrant Stories
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
- A Step From Heaven by An Na
- Still Life with Rice: A Young American Woman Discovers the Life and Legacy of Her Korean Grandmother by Helie Lee
- China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston
- On Golden Mountain, by Lisa See
- China Boy, by Gus Lee
- Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Novels featuring Mothers and Daughters
- The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
- Everything Will Be All Right by Tessa Hadley
- Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Nonfiction featuring Chinese Culture and History
- Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang - The story of three generations in twentieth-century China, describing the life of the author's grandmother, a warlord's concubine; her mother, a member of the Communist elite, and the family's experiences during the Cultural Revolution.
- In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord.
- Child of the Owl, by Laurence Yep
- The Lost Garden, by Laurence Yep
- The NEA's Big Read website has a Reader's Guide and more information about the book and the author.
- The Chinese in California: San Francisco's Chinatown An introduction to San Francisco's Chinatown on the Library of Congress website