Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who‘s „telling“ the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared experiences of unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. As each woman reveals her secrets and truths about her life, the strings become more and more entwined. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.