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Book club takes up Amy Tan novel

“The Joy Luck Club,” by Amy Tan, will be discussed at the  Vale  Book  Club meeting Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the home of Carol Spears, 683 Cottage St. S.,  Vale.

The discussion will be facilitated by Doreen deAngeles.

The book is the story of four immigrant women who meet weekly to play mahjong and tell stories of what they left behind in China.

Through interlinked tales, it examines the sometimes painful, often tender, but always deep connection between mothers and daughters. It takes place in 1949 and the stories around the game table cover the period of time in China from 1920 to 1940, when war, famine and military atrocities created a generation of traumatized refugees. The daughters eventually grasp from their own inner crises how much they had unknowingly inherited of their mothers’ pasts.

The club will discuss Richard Dana’s “Two Years Before the Mast” at the Jan. 5 meeting, facilitated by Steven Reynolds.

For information about the club, call Lucy Hutchens, 208-739-6954, or Marge Mitchell, 208-739-6777.

Note: Review Information is excerpted from Goodreads online.

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