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The Joy Luck Club Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club was published in 1989 as Amy Tan’s debut novel. Before the book was released, Tan was working hard as a speech writer, but she felt unfulfilled. This feeling led her to fiction writing. The Joy Luck Club began as a short story titled “Rules of the Game.” Tan initially wanted to write a collection of short stories. However, a critic who reviewed her work suggested a series of interrelated short stories. That is how the book came to be. After publication, it was reviewed and marketed as a novel. The Joy Luck Club met instant success. Amy Tan became known internationally as part of a larger tradition of Asian-American authors, like Maxine Hong Kingston. It was nominated...

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