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April's pick was a classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
Set in Brooklyn, 1912-1918, Francie grows up. As a street-wise eleven-year-old to a college freshman, she survives whatever life throws at her (and there's a lot to deal with.) She's lucky to have a smart mother, Katie, (even if Katie's favorite child is Francie's younger brother, Neeley) who is determined to give both of her children an education. Francie's education comes through Francie's love of reading and her ability to adapt.
Even for all of Katie's scrimping, saving and working as a janitor, it was Katie's beauty that actually helps bring the family out of the poverty they had known while she was married to Johnny Nolan and widowed while pregnant with her third child.
Francie was a lonely child and much of her angst seems to come from her "plainness" and her intelligence. People don't like what is different and in the Brooklyn neighborhood, everyone seemed to be on the same track...bringing junk to the junk dealers, penny candy stores, finding the best bargains for each meal. She was one of the lucky ones to actually have the opportunity to change her fate thanks to living in America (and her consistent positive self-talk) and a loving family.
Amy Tan's first novel, The Joy Luck Club, is a touching, funny, sad, insightful, and artfully constructed group portrait of four mother-daughter relationships that endure not only a generation gap, but the more unbridgeable gap between two cultures.
The Joy Luck Club is an informal "institution'' started by Suyuan Woo upon her arrival in San Francisco in 1949. Suyuan finds three other Chinese immigrant women to play mah jongg, cook and consume special foods, tell stories, gossip, invest in stocks, and plan for joy and luck. In the years that follow, the club links the four families, enabling them to pool resources and keeping them in touch with their past as they take on the challenges of adjusting to a new country.
Nearly 40 years after the first meeting, as the novel opens, Suyuan Woo has died and her place at the mah jongg table is assumed by her 36-year-old daughter, Jing-mei. Like many another American-born child of immigrants, Jing-mei has little understanding of her mother's values or the world that shaped them, although recently, the general interest in ethnicity has prompted her to revive her Chinese name, "Jing-mei,'' in preference to the American "June May,'' and has made her more curious about her roots. (Review from The Christian Science Monitor)