The Joy Luck Clubis a 1989 novel written by. It focuses on fourimmigrant families in San Francisco who start a club known as The Joy Luck Club, playing the Chinese game offor money while feasting on a variety of foods. The book is structured similarly to a mahjong game, with four parts divided into four sections to create sixteen chapters. The three mothers and four daughters (one mother, Suyuan Woo, dies before the novel opens) share stories about their lives in the form of short. Each part is preceded by a parable relating to the themes within that section.
In 1993, the novel was adapted into a featuredirected byand starring,,,,,,,, and. The screenplay was written by the author Amy Tan along with. The novel was also adapted into a play, by Susan Kim, which premiered atin New York.