Quotable Quotes: The Joy Luck Club

Miss Amy Tan is currently here in the Philippines for the Philippine Literary Festival. Her most famous work, 1989's The Joy Luck Club, has been one of my faves ever since I first read it back in high school. A very inspiring novel, The Joy Luck Club is synonymous with browsing through a family scrapbook whilst getting to know more about yourself in the process.

One of my fave quotes from the novel is this...

"Now you see," said the turtle, drifting back into the pond, "why it is useless to cry. Your tears do not wash away your sorrows. They feed someone else's joy. And that is why you must learn to swallow your own tears."
- An-Mei's Mother

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Book Review: The Virgin Suicides

Jeffrey Eugenides, 1993

Virgin suicide
What was that she cried?
No use in stayin'
On this holocaust ride
She gave me her cherry
She's my virgin suicide

The Virgin Suicides tackles the dilemma of angst-ridden adolescence, the downsides of being a girl, teenage sexuality, the anguish of yearning, and — of course — the complexity of suicide.

Set in '70s Michigan, The Virgin Suicides revolves around the Lisbon sisters, the sheltered daughters of a devout Catholic couple. The Lisbon girls become the center of intrigue and timeless fascination in an upper middle-class Grosse Pointe suburb, their tragedy haunting their neighbors through the years.