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Southwest Book Club Meets May 21

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As part of the Big Read program, join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. After being drawn together by the shadows of their past, four women start meeting every week in San Francisco to engage in hobbies they all enjoy. After one of the four members dies, her daughter takes her place to fulfill her mother's dying wish. After the revelation of a secret, the women are forced to think back to their pasts and remember the sometimes painful events of their lives. With wit and sensitivity, Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. #BigRead13

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Tuesday, May 21
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

Discussion Questions
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. The Joy Luck Club was written as a collection of short stories. Is the order important? Could this have been told as a single story? What would that change?

2. By telling a story from the perspective of Chinese immigrants and first-generation Americans, what does the book reveal about American culture?

3. How do the struggles of the daughters mirror the tragedies of their mothers? What does this suggest about the relationships between parents and children?

4. Tan has said that she wishes to break from "the ghetto of ethnic literature." Does The Joy Luck Club cross from the ethnic to the universal?

Questions obtained at http://www.neabigread.org/books/joyluckclub/joyluck06_discuss.php

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