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The Kitchen God's Wife
The Kitchen God's Wife
Author: Amy Tan
"Tan is one of the prime storytellers writing fiction today." — NEWSWEEK — Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than fifty years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose everything. And Winnie angrily determines that she must be the one to tell her daughter, Pearl, about the past--including the terib...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780399135781
ISBN-10: 0399135782
Publication Date: 6/17/1991
Pages: 415
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 108 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T)
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Parisoutlaw avatar reviewed The Kitchen God's Wife on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
The best book in Any Tan's collection and sorely over looked. A deep look into a life hard live by the main charactor, the mother, as she explains her life before her second marriage. A story that speaks of the charm tradition superstition and hardships in China during the second world war that not only gives insight into a culture but into a cast of charactores who are so deep and rich in personality that one could forget that they do not know them personaly.
TropicAtHeart avatar reviewed The Kitchen God's Wife on + 32 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is the best Amy Tan book I have read so far. Amy Tan's writing is, as always, impecable and readable. There were moments where I hated the villian in this story so much I literally wanted to throw the book across the room .... but I couldn't bear to part with the book until I found out how the main character got away! I ended up getting so caught up in the story that I was literally crying at some points (which rarely happens), and laughing at others. It's a book about strong women in their relationships with each other. This book is a keeper for me.
books-4-boys avatar reviewed The Kitchen God's Wife on + 20 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
- I loved the rich history and the way the story unfolded I was very surprised how the ending wrapped up the whole story in a way I hadn't expected but I wish it had gone just one more chapter longer all in all it was such a fantastic story!

I just had to add something - if you get a chance you should listen to the audio books written & narrated by Amy Tan - "The Opposite of Fate" because she talks in more detail about the writing of this book and many other things. It gives you even more appreciation for the book... and it did give me the last chapter I so desperately wanted but having her describe it was even better than reading it.
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Helpful Score: 1
I thought this was better than the Joy Luck Club. I like Tan's mother daughter relationships. An easy read.
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Helpful Score: 1
One of my favorites. Amy Tan has a way of making you live the story, feel every bit of it.
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animlgrl avatar reviewed The Kitchen God's Wife on + 84 more book reviews
Enjoyed this...was the first Tan book that I've read. Loved how the mother was able to tell her daughter all about her past and how she came to be the woman that she is today.


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