The Kitchen God's Wife
Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than fifty years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose everything. And Winnie angrily determines that she must be the one to tell her daughter, Pearl, about the past—including the terible truth even Helen does not know. And so begins Winnie's story of her life on a small island outside Shanghai in the 1920s, and other places in China during World War II, and traces the happy and desperate events tha led to Winnie's coming to America in 1949.
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Although this begins and ends among the Chinese Americans in California, the bulk of this story is set in mid-twentieth century China. Winnie tells her life story to her grown daughter—a story of a ... Read full review
I am an avid reader and this book is at the top of my list of all time favorites. Ms.Tan is an excellent writer and very well informed about her subject since it is her mother's true story. A rare glimpse into history, war and Chineese culture it made me laugh out loud and it made me cry. I am a wiser, better person for having read it all those years ago.