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Joy Luck Club

(Including A Pair of Tickets, Rules of the Game, Two Kinds)

Amy Tan’s famous novel The Joy Luck Club was published in 1989.  It features within it short stories such as “A Pair of Tickets,” “Rules of the Game,” and “Two Kinds.”  These stories and the overall novel deal with Chinese-American mothers and daughters struggling with their generational differences and with a heritage that is both Asian and American.  

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Joy Luck Club (Keyword)
  • Tan, Amy (Keyword)


Call Number for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3570 .A48

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.). Amy Tan. 2000.

                    Call Number:  PS3570 .A48 Z52 2000

  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.).  Modern Critical Interpretations: The Joy Luck Club. 2002.

                     Call Number:  PS3570 .A48 J632 2002

  • Huntley, E.D. Amy Tan: A Critical Companion. 1998.

                    Call Number:  PS3570 .A48 Z69 1998

  • Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. 1989.

                    Call Number:  PS3570 .A48 J6 1989

Reference Materials

  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o       Vol. 59, pgs. 89-99

o       Vol. 120, pgs. 362-422

o       Vol. 151, pgs. 294-352 

  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction (2nd Revised Ed.)– Call Number:  REF PN3321 .C75 2000

o        Vol. 7, pgs. 3148-3149

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction (2nd Revised Ed.) – Call Number:  REF PN3321 .C7 2001 

o        Vol. 6, pgs. 2279-2282 (Separate stories like “A Pair of Tickets” are featured.)

  • Literature and Its TimesCall Number:  REF PN50 .L574 1997

o        Vol. 5, pgs. 229-235

  • Magill’s Survey of American LiteratureCall Number: REF PS21 .M34 2007

o   Vol. 6, pg. 2470-71

  • Masterplots (Revised Second Edition) Call Number:  REF PN44 .M33 1996
    • Vol. 6, pg. 3355-58
  • Masterplots II –Short Story Series (Revised Ed.)– Call Number:  REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o        Vol.6, pgs. 3485-3488 (The story “Rules of the Game” is featured.)

  • Novels for StudentsCall Number:  REF PN44 .N937

o        Vol. 1, pgs. 203-221

  • Short Stories for Students - Call Number:  REF PN3330 .S386

o        Vol. 9, pgs. 287-302 (The story “Two Kinds” is featured.) 

  • Short Stories for Students- Call Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o        Vol. 16, pgs. 253-274 (The story “Rules of the Game” is featured.)

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