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Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Celebrates the Big Read

The Joy Luck Club

THE BIG READ* is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture. JMRL has received a grant from the NEA to provide a BIG READ throughout central Virginia during March 2013.

The Library’s goal is to encourage all residents of Central Virginia to read and discuss The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan during this time. There will be many programs discussing the book, Chinese culture, and the immigrant experience.

Check the catalog for Library books and other books by the author. There are also library books about the author and the database literati will have more information about Amy Tan.

Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club is itself a joyful study in luck. An intricately patterned novel whose author thought she was writing a short-story collection, it is also a mother-daughter saga by a writer whose own mother wanted her to be anything but a writer.

Published in 1989 by an unknown first-time writer, The Joy Luck Club became a reviewers’ darling and then an international best seller. The novel tells the story of new waves of immigrants who are changing and enriching America.

March 25: Nelson Memorial Library book group will have an informal discussion of The Joy Luck Club. – 12:00 pm