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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.
©1991 Amy Tan (P)2008, 2016 Phoenix Books
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Critic Reviews

"Remarkable...mesmerizing...compelling.... An entire world unfolds in a Tolstoyan tide of event and detail." (New York Times)
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By Amazon Customer on 10-29-16

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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By Jenny Alonzo on 06-13-17

ending gets me every time...

this is a great story and I get tears in my eyes everytime I reach the end.

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