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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (34,679 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Tan Narrator: Amy Tan Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Winnie Louie and Helen Kwong have always shared secrets, but now Helen wants to reveal them. Helen is convinced she is dying and decides to celebrate what might be her last Chinese New Year by telling all the secrets of her life, as well as Winnie Louie's and those of Winnie's daughter Pearl. There are some things, however, that Pearl would rather her mother didn't know. The result of Helen's tell-all mood is a series of comic misunderstandings and heartbreaking realizations about luck, loss, and trust. In this funny and touching novel Amy Tan reveals important truths about the effect of secrets kept and revealed, and the miraculous, resilient nature of love among mothers, daughters, and friends. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne | 2/20/2014

    " After reading The Joy Luck Club, it is clear that Amy Tan does Asian mother-daughter relationships like no other. So, I was happy to pick up her second novel, The Kitchen God's Wife, and find that she continued with the theme. The book initially takes place in the Bay Area, and focuses on Pearl, the daughter of Chinese immigrant, Winnie. Pearl is suffering from MS, but has not yet told her mother, for fear of worrying her unnecessarily. Winnie, on the other hand, has secrets of her own - about her past in China, a former husband, other children, and a life she thought she left behind decades ago. But, when meddling Aunt Helen, who holds both womens' secrets, decides it is time for mother and daughter to come clean, Winnie begins to tell her story. The remainder of the novel takes the reader back to China to learn about Winnie's difficult beginnings where tragedy upon tragedy mount, and just when you think things couldn't get any worse, of course they do. I found myself incredibly annoyed with the portrayal of children in this novel - as selfish, demanding creatures with no manners - but as the book continued I believe this was intentional on Tan's part - a reminder the subsequent generations are often ignorant of the struggles their mother's have gone through on their behalf, and a window into how their behavior might be altered if they understood sacrifces that had been made for them. I found this book well-written, the plot and characters engaging, and the reflection of the characters on their experience particularly valuable. While difficult to get through at times, an emotionally worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sybill ♥ | 2/9/2014

    " Awesome.you need to read this "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tama | 2/9/2014

    " I bought a well worn paperback of this book at the Salvation Army years ago which has lead to a fascination with chinese history-- and a study of the cultural revolution.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Norma | 2/6/2014

    " Amy Tan is an awesome writer. I really enjoyed this book. "

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