The Kitchen God's Wife

  • by Amy Tan
  • Narrated by Gwendoline Yeo
  • 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than 50 years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose all that has been concealed, when she decides to celebrate the Chinese New Year by unburdening herself of everybody's hidden truths - her own and Winnie's, as well as the dreadful news that Winnie's daughter, Pearl, has been keeping from her mother.
So begins a series of comic misunderstandings and heartbreaking realizations about luck, loss, and trust, about the things a mother cannot tell a daughter, the secrets a daughter keeps, and the miraculous resiliency of love.

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What the Critics Say

"Remarkable...mesmerizing...compelling.... An entire world unfolds in a Tolstoyan tide of event and detail." (New York Times)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Loved this book! A true treasure!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Kitchen God's Wife to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version of this book so I cannot compare.


What did you like best about this story?

The beautiful writing, the lessons of life and the sacred and complicated relationship between mother and daughter.


What does Gwendoline Yeo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Gwendoline Yeo brings The Kitchen God's Wife to life! She is an amazing storyteller, weaving in and out of characters flawlessly, luring me into the story until I was so deeply into it that I did not want it to end.


If you could take any character from The Kitchen God's Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I think I would go out with Auntie Du. I would love to hear about her own life's journey and to especially just listen to her melodic voice (as narrated by Gwendoline Yeo).


Any additional comments?

My favorite book in a long time!

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- Susana

Narration unintentionally funny

The story is great and I always enjoy it. The narration is generally quite good. Some of the characters have a distinct California accent. In 1930's China : D. Also, Aunt Du speaks in a way that sounds -just- like monks doing Gregorian chants. Made me smile every time I heard it!
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-27-2016
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books