The Kitchen God's Wife

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Mei Li Robinson
John Wiley & Sons Incorporated, Jan 1, 1996 - Study Aids - 100 pages
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"Tan is one of the prime storytellers writing fiction today."

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.

"The kind of novel that can be read and reread with enormous pleasure."

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I have a daughter-in-law who was born in Shanghai and came to this country in her early 20's. Amy Tan's books are a joy to read and I see so much of my own Chinese relatives-by-marriage in her stories. I also see the relationships between mothers and daughters and fathers and daughters that I have observed in my own Americanized daughter-in-law and her parents. These books move me to laughter and tears as they give me insight into the culture my granddaughter now shares with her American father and Chinese mother. It is a complex one that she will have to negotiate, loving both sides. With an American husband and parents from Shanghai, My daughter-in-law has also had to make many adjustments to create a happy home and good marriage as she walks between these 2 cultures. Amy Tan captures the nuances beautifully. 


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